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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 2018 - Separation of Powers

The Constitution establishes a power-sharing system among the executive, legislative, judicial branches. Each branch has its own powers and respects the powers of the other branches.

Making the abstract concept of separation of powers real and relevant to students is a challenge. Students interact with this founding fundamental in a realistic courtroom simulation using the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Alvarez. The case raises issues in which the executive, legislative, and judicial branches have a role in dealing with a First Amendment question of lying about receiving military medals. The three-hour program is ready for immediate use in courtrooms.