CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES CBA 1. IDENTIFY A PUBLIC ISSUE YOU CARE ABOUT • Constitutional Issues • http://www.brookings.edu/research/commentary?topic=U.S.%20Constitutional%20Issues • http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html • http://constitutioncenter.org/ 2. STATE YOUR POSITION ON THE ISSUE • You may need to do some research first in order to figure out what your position (informed opinion) is! • Check out the resources on the CBA web page. http://www.nkschools.org/Page/10085 3. GIVE REASONS FOR YOUR POSITION • This is the point where you can ANALYZE the reasons for your position Check out this website for useful analysis of issues: • http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html 4. NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION! • http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html • • http://constitutionus.com/ 5. IDENTIFY THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE OR IDEAL • Is it an article of the Constitution? • An amendment? 6. IDENTIFY THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND THE ISSUE 7. LOCATE A COURT CASE OR GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE • How well did the court case or government policy uphold the constitutional principle? • Evaluate the success (or failure) of the court case or government policy 8. FIND THE OPPOSITE POSITION • Not everyone agrees with your position. Your job is to find and give a fair interpretation to a contrasting position on the issue. • Refute, with thought and evidence, the contrasting position.