INTRODUCTION - Unlike Hollywood law dramas, which neatly wrap up cases in an hour or two, achieving actual justice through the legal system is often slow, frustrating, and requires patience and persistence. This Teacher Guide demystifies that unrealistic version of “justice achieved.” It provides teachers with an opportunity to engage students in meaningful classroom discussions of real “David v. Goliath” justice cases, with mixed results for David. It is designed for students to appreciate and critically discuss what it takes to achieve true justice in the criminal and civil law systems.
Below are cases that I have studied, written about, and in some instances, maintained contact with the legal underdogs involved. Each case has deeply personal significance to me for different reasons, and thus I write about them in the first person. My hope is that if teachers and students experience my passion and engagement, they may be inspired to follow a local, national, or international issue and choose to participate as a voice of change, whether through social media or some other avenue.
NO HASSLE ALERT FOR TEACHERS: Student reading is available at JusticeCases.blogspot.com. Thus, there is no need to print or email assignments to students!
To my Teacher heroes, who make a difference every day - one student at a time.
To my Student heroes, who make a difference every day - in their lives and in the lives of others.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Student Homework - Go to JusticeCases.blogspot.com
- Three Justice Articles written by Author
o Lessons of Justice for Students: Grandpa versus Big Coal
o The Upcoming 9/11 Trial Isn’t About Money But Elusive Justice
o Jesse Friedman’s Case and the Appearance of Impropriety
II. Teacher Resources
- The three Justice Articles written by Author (referenced above)
- Another Justice Article written by Author which is NOT assigned to students
o Case Updates and Insights
III. Classroom Discussion Guide for Teachers
- Suggested Teacher Questions to Lead Student Class Discussion
- Class Debate Topics
- Common Core ELA Standards/Suggestions
- Optional: Additional Research/Reading
- 9-11 Civil Liability Position Paper written by Author
- ELA Common Core Standards
o Writing – Grade 5
o History/Social Studies – Grades 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
About the Author