Oyez, Oyez...Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The first Monday in October is the beginning of the new term of the Supreme Court. This web quest will introduce students to the Supreme Court. There are several extension activities and additional links as well as the key.
In April/2017: Supreme Court Justice Anthonin Scalia died in 2016. The Constitution says that the President of the United States is responsible for naming a replacement to the court. Republican leaders are saying they will NOT allow a nominee, named by President Barrack Obama, to be brought to the Senate for a vote. They argue the NEXT president, who takes office in January 2017, should make that choice. Now, Donald Trump's nominee does not have the 60 votes needed to elect a "forever" SC justice and they have changed the rules to allow for a simple majority. The SC justice nominee will be the first to not have this 60 vote threshold.