Planning a Law Day event in your community? Here are some downloadable resources that you can modify to suit your needs:
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Educational Resources for Teaching Middle and High School Students
American Bar Association Division for Public Education
At the heart of Brown v. Board of Education was the desire to ensure equal protection of the laws for all Americans. This Dialogue asks students to reflect on what has been required— and what has been achieved—in pursuit of this goal in our nation’s schools.
In this lesson, students participate in a moot appellate court argument dealing with the fictional case of Lee Richardson v. Lincoln. The fact pattern involves a challenge to a state law that restricts when counsel is appointed for criminal defendants. This moot court experience will provide students with an understanding of how the courts review the constitutionality of legislation and the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses with students the importance of the 14th Amendment and how it came to embody and protect the principles of “We the People.” (42 minutes)
This video explores the landmark case Korematsu v. United States (1944) concerning the constitutionality of presidential executive order 9066 during World War II that gave the U.S. military power to ban thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry from areas considered important to national security. (27 minutes)
Breaks down the text and meaning behind the Fourteenth Amendment
This video explores the Fourth Amendment case in which the Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by police is not admissible in state courts. The 1961 case redefined the rights of the accused. The majority opinion incorporated the Fourth Amendment’s protection of privacy using the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (25 minutes)
National Constitution Center
Resources from the National Constitution Center
This documentary is told through the lives of three ordinary and extraordinary American families who changed history by their challenge to the status quo. The documentary explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen.
This documentary tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving who are the namesake of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down the anti-miscegenation laws still on the books in 16 states some 13 years after school segregation was deemed unconstitutional. Through the Loving story, the film examines the history and the current state of interracial marriage in the United States.
A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This podcast explores America’s long history of struggles over rights, including how Americans have claimed, framed, and changed their rights over time. (52 minutes)
This episode examines school segregation sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education. The video is accompanied by several articles on the topic of segregation in American schools. (27 minutes)
Filmed for the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction Amendment, the National Constitution Center hosts two panels to discuss the history and enduring relevance of the Fourteenth Amendment. Panelists include: Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, Gerard Magliocca of Indiana University, and Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina, with moderator Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. (60 minutes)
As part of the NCC’s Interactive Constitution project, leading constitutional experts interact with each other, through written responses, to explore theFourteenth Amendment. Three sets of experts find common ground on the amendment’s equal protection, due process and enforcement clauses and also explore Matters of Debate on each subject.
Video segments from the program can be used for classroom use and middle and high school student guides are available to help frame the issues and discussion questions for students as they learn how the changes created by the Fourteenth Amendment established new notions of citizenship, equal protection, due process, and personal liberty, altering the relationship between the federal government and the states.