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Justice & Law: Public Law Sample Site Visits, Exercises & Materials


Samples of Site visits
Supreme Court of the United States to hear oral arguments and tour the Supreme Court museum
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hear en banc argument
United States District Court for the District of Columbia—civil trial testimony of plaintiff
United States District Court for the District of Columbia—criminal trial closing arguments and meeting with Judge afterwards
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals—tour refurbished Courthouse
The District of Columbia Superior Court—witness arraignments
The District of Columbia Superior Court---discussion with Judge of  brain dead child and hospital request to turn on life support
U. S. Department of Justice—Office of the Solicitor General
U.S. Attorney’s Office—Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Federal Judicial Center
U.S. House of Representatives Chamber
U.S. Senate Chamber
U.S. Archives—Constitution in Action Laboratory
Congressional hearings—U.S. House and U.S. Senate
National Institutes of Health Public Policy Center
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Recording Industry Association of America
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Heritage Foundation—seminars on public issues
Center for American Progress-- seminars on public issues
The Brookings Institution-- seminars on public issues
Honeywell, Inc. electronics products display center
The Boeing Company
Covington & Burling Law Firm
Hyman, Phelps and McNamara Law Firm
Washington College of Law
The Newseum
The First Amendment Center
Freedom Works
Hill & Knowlton International Communications Company

Samples of class exercises

Class debates on various constitutional rights including: free speech, symbolic speech, church/state issues, freedom of assembly, right to counsel, right to die, physician assisted suicide, equal employment issues, same sex marriage, right to bear arms, among others. Students are randomly assigned to each side and occasionally switched on debate day without prior notice.
Mock legislative markup bill conducted in a Congressional hearing room
Moot court on a case pending before the Supreme Court
Analysis of important court decisions
Class debates on governmental policy making issues
Class debates on bioethics issues relating to patients’ rights

Samples of Reading Materials

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
State Supreme Court Opinions
Lower Federal and State Court Opinions
Congressional testimony
Proposed Congressional legislation
Contemporary monographs
Contemporary newspaper articles, op-ed pieces and editorials
Learned treatises—relevant portions
Presidential documents including signing statements
Speeches by public policy makers and policy stake holders
Federal Statutes
State Statutes
Federal Rules and Regulations