Current Issues and Controversies

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Essential Questions: 

What are the most important cases before the Court in the current session?

How are the judges likely to decide on important current and upcoming cases?

What are some of the most controversial and important constitutional cases in recent years?

Content: 

Controversial cases taken from current or recent sessions of the Court.

In recent years, such cases have concerned corporate personhood, same-sex marriage, habeas corpus rights, gun control, and health care.

Assessment: 

Student Debate

Student presentations on a contemporary controversy chosen by the student.

Resources: 

Supreme Court of the United States Blog. Scotusblog.org.

Toobin, Jeffrey. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. New York: Anchor, 2008.