Chiafalo v. Washington was our spring 2020 SCOTUS in the Classroom case.
Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court.
Case Summary and Activities:
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- Classifying Arguments Activity
Is Washington’s law that fines presidential electors for voting for a candidate other than their party’s nominee an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment?
News Articles and Resources:
- Educational SCOTUSBlog seminar: Preview of faithless elector cases
- Educational SCOTUSBlog seminar: Debrief of faithless elector cases
- Webinar: Faithless elector case review with Zack Tripp
- The Daily Herald: "Supreme Court to hear Washington case of ‘faithless’ electors" (January 17, 2020)
- SCOTUSblog: A symposium of articles ideal for teachers' background
- The Hill: "Supreme Court to hear oral arguments by telephone" - video available (April 13, 2020)
- SCOTUSblog: "Court sets cases for May telephone arguments, will make live audio available"(April 13, 2020)
How to Conduct a Moot Court or a Mini-Moot Court:
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