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Teaching Legal Docs



Birth Certificates

Maybe yours is tucked in a box or filed for safekeeping. The odds are that you have one: a birth certificate. On any given day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 10,800 babies are born in the United States, or one birth every eight seconds. Most, if not all, of them will be issued birth certificates. A birth certificate is a document issued by a government that records the birth of a child for vital statistics, tax, military, and census purposes. The birth certificate is among the first legal documents an individual might acquire.

The Olympic Charter

In the world of international sports competitions and international sports law, one document stands out as a “constitution,” providing a blueprint for organizational structure and governing all aspects of play. The Olympic Charter is the compilation of fundamental principles, rules, and bylaws that establish and regulate the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its subordinate International Sports Federations, and the National Olympic Committees; as well as each Olympic Games and individual athletes competing in the Games

Presidential Veto Statements

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan told the American Business Conference, “I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers. Go ahead—make my day.” This pithy borrowing of Clint Eastwood’s famous line in “Dirty Harry” frames the president’s veto power as a power, indeed, and highlights the role that Congress plays in facilitating the exercise of that power.