Describe the issue confronted in the Supreme Court case



The power point was the assignment on the Amicus Brief.  Miller Vs Alabama

Attach is the critique form that is to be used as a guide for the powerpoint.  I thought it might be helpful for you to have.

[U.S. Supreme Court/brief filed 1/12] —Addresses life-without-parole sentencing for juveniles in homicide cases.  
Full-text amicus brief (PDF, 155KB)

  • PowerPoint lecture due Week 7
  • You are going to be responsible for researching one of the amicus curiae briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court by the American Psychological Association
  • After completing your research, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the important parts of the brief and discusses the brief’s impact (or lack thereof) on the Supreme Court’s decision
  • This PowerPoint will be in the form of a lecture, and it will be viewed and critiqued by two of your fellow students 
  • All of the amicus briefs filed by the APA can be found 
  • Search for a brief that you find interesting
  • The brief must have the full text available. Start early because APA briefs are full of legalese and can be dozens of pages in length
  • No two students can choose the same brief, so topics are on a first-come basis
  • Your choice should be submitted by Week 3 to the digital drop box for instructor review
  • You will need to know the Supreme Court's decision on the case
  • The United States Supreme Court website contains a listing of opinions:
  • Seek additional sources for Supreme Court opinions 
  • Law school bulletins – Cornell University is an excellent resource:
  • Newspaper archives 
  • Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times writes great Supreme Court pieces: Linda Greenhouse
  • Describe – succinctly and in your own words – the issue confronted in the Supreme Court case. This can be done via voice recordings attached to your slides or by writing out the narrative of your presentation in the notes section of your slides
  • Describe the APA’s stance and the key parts of its amicus brief, including relevant research
  • Summarize the opinion of the court. You can address both the majority opinion and the dissenting opinion(s) to create a full picture of how the justices felt about the issue
  • Remember to provide references in APA format – these can be at the footer of slides – and you should also include a references slide at the end of the lecture
  • The lecture should be at least 15 slides but no more than 35

Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs (2012) 


Constructing a Lecture on APA Amicus Briefs

One of the best ways to truly understand a topic is to learn it and then teach it to others. 

Find a Brief 

After Choosing Your Brief

In the PowerPoint Lecture

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