Minnesota v. White: Exploring a Judicial Candidate’s First Amendment Rights

After watching a documentary on the Supreme Court case Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, class members research how the First Amendment and free speech issues influence judicial elections and then conduct a mock judicial election.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Expand the lesson to three days, conduct the mock trial on the second day, and save the reflection until day three
Classroom Considerations

  • The DVD must be purchsed
Pros

  • The richly detailed, carefully scaffolded plan includes worksheets, role cards, background information on Minnesota v. White, and a writing prompt
Cons

  • The link to the Voices of American Law DVD Documentary does not work; however, the video can be purchased from http://web.law.duke.edu/voices/studyguides/orderform.pdf
Common Core