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Law Day

Lively, civil discussion is the hallmark of Law Day, which is celebrated every year on May 1 and throughout the month of May.

Law Day 2016

The 50th Anniversary of Miranda: More Than Words 
Your Rights When in Police Custody

References to “Miranda rights” and “taking the Fifth” are phrases commonly heard in television crime dramas. This three-part activity takes participants back to the landmark Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona that set out these concepts in 1966. In Related Content, the landmark Supreme Court case J.D.B. v. North Carolina, decided in 2011, applies Miranda rights to juveniles.

Part I of the activities acquaints participants with the due process rights in Miranda and sets up a discussion to stimulate critical thinking. 

Part II asks participants to compare four Miranda-related cases decided by different U.S. Courts of Appeals between 2001 and 2010. A worksheet helps participants identify the factors in these cases that determine if someone is in police custody and, therefore, entitled to a Miranda warning.

Part III examines J.D.B. v. North Carolina, the juvenile rights decision that came 45 years after Miranda. The activity also applies J.D.B. to a fictional teen shoplifting scenario.