Guidelines for You are the Judge Papers
These are the guidelines for the You Are the Judge papers.
The papers will demonstrate your knowledge of the legal issues and legal reasoning. grammar and spelling will be considered in the grading. At the beginning of your answer, note which case example you are using. (100 points total for each paper.) Remember to review the Grading Matrix as you prepare your assignments.
The required papers will be prepared by the student using the following format (any other formats will not be accepted for credit):
Legal Issues. State the legal issue(s) involved in this dispute as short legal questions in your first paragraph.
Plaintiff’s Arguments. What facts and legal rules support the Plaintiff’s (the one suing) arguments? (second paragraph)
Defendant’s Arguments. What facts and legal rules support the Defendant’s arguments? (third paragraph)
My Decision as the Judge. “You be the Judge”, who should prevail (win the case) and what legal rules control in this type of dispute, based on “these given facts”? (fourth and fifth paragraphs)
My Own Opinion. Do you think the legal rules that currently apply are fair and reasonable, or should they be changed; explain your reasoning? (sixth paragraph) All legal rules, whether case law, common law, or statutory law cited in your discussions must be taken from somewhere in your class textbook materials. You do not need to cite the page number or other reference to your textbook materials. You may cite some outside material but the main points should be on topics mentioned in the textbook. (We don’t want to see papers citing the Tasmanian Agricultural Statutes or their equivalent.) Choose a topic for your paper from the following case scenarios (the same five options will be presented to you each time. Choose a different one each time). The papers will demonstrate your knowledge of the legal issues and legal reasoning. Grammar and spelling will be considered in the grading. At the beginning of your answer, note which case example you are using.
Here is the Legal Issues that you are going to write about:
Uriah Heep is an accountant for the City of Boca Grande. He has worked there for seven years and has a good work record. Two months ago, Uriah’s supervisor learned from some of Uriah’s employees that Uriah works weekends as an exotic dancer at a local night club. Last week, Uriah was fired for “engaging in activities that could discredit the City.” He has sued to get his job back.