judiciary short essay assignment 7

This is a multi-part assignment. You must reply to all required elements by the due date to have the potential to earn full credit.

  1. Drawing on the material presented in your Open to Debatee-text and the corresponding power point lecture outlines and lectures or video lecture clips, explain, why judges, who are not popularly elected, have such wide authority to strike down popular laws; why do judges have such enormous power with so little public accountability? Why does the U.S. have such an undemocratic institution in its democracy?
  2. Drawing on Saffell, Meese, and Brennan in ch. 13 of your American Government: Examined reader (you may also find the material presented in the Judiciary chapter of your Open to Debate e-text and the corresponding power point lecture outline and lectures or video lecture clips to be helpful), do you think Justices should act according to the dictums of judicial activism or judicial restraint? You will want to include direct references to Meese and Brennan in your response.
  3. Pretend you are a Supreme Court Justice who must render a decision in the three LGBT cases currently before the Supreme Court: Altitude Express v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, and Harris Funeral Home v. EEOC. I want you to act as a S.C. Justice and, drawing on what you have already in this assignment, the U.S. Constitution, and other relevant course materials, render a decision. How would you rule? Why? On what are you basing your decision? Which parts of the Constitution or other documents are relevant? Remember you are acting as a justice, not simply expressing your personal opinions.

Here is a link to the U.S. Supreme Court website:
http://www.supremecourt.gov, you can find many other resources online.

Tips for Success:

– I will be looking for direct references to assigned readings (author and page # citations are adequate). Please limit yourself to the assigned materials.

– More thoughtful analyses utilizing critical thought will earn higher scores.

Short Essay Assignments:

Essay assignments can be linked from the course Canvas page. There is no single “right” answer to or minimum page length for these essays; what matters most is a clear understanding and utilization of the materials assigned. Analytic rigor, thoughtfulness, good writing mechanics, and clear, persuasive writing will affect your grade. This is one of the few opportunities I have to see if you are keeping up with the material so please integrate as many of the assigned readings in your essay as possible (author and page number are sufficient). Please also limit yourself to the material assigned in this course. Above average essays will provide some insight or elaboration in addition to clearly presenting the assigned material. Please include your name on the essay. You should be able to complete most of the short essays in a few paragraphs, please no more than three (double-spaced) pages.

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