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Legal Concepts

Discussion starters bring constitutional principles into the lives of teens.

  • Rule of Law
    Case summaries show how the Supreme Court protects the rule of law and minority rights to:
    • Express Unpopular Views: Snyder v. Phelps, Texas v. Johnson
    • Participate in the Judicial Process: Batson v. Kentucky, J.E.B. v. Alabama
    • Exercise Religious Practices: Church of the Lukumi-Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, Yoder v. Wisconsin
    • Access to Education: Plyer v. Doe, Brown v. Board of Education, Cooper v. Aaron
  • Separation of Powers
    A contemporary case demonstrates the role of the judiciary and the other branches of government.
    • U.S. v. Alvarez - Stolen Valor
  • Judicial Review (pdf)
    This activity simplifies the complexities of the case that clarified the role of the Supreme Court.
    • Marbury v. Madison