Supreme Court Cases

Congress Court Cases

The two court cases that deal with Congress are Baker v Carr and Reno v Shaw. Your task is read each case and answer the following questions:

  1. What is the background of the case (facts and prior history
  2. What is the Constitutional provision(s) at issue?
  3. What was the majority opinion and what was the dissenting opinion?
  4. What are the implications (what effects did it have on government and or individuals; why is it an important decision?)

This assignment is due at the beginning of the next scheduled class period.

Federalism Court Cases

In this assignment you will brief the two Supreme Court cases that deal with Federalism.  How to brief a court case is here-How To Brief.  The cases are McCulloch v Maryland and US v Lopez.  There are more sites that offer insight to the cases than the ones provided here.  Videos explaining the court cases is here – Court Case videos.  One key factor to be aware of is the usage of the Commerce Clause.  A link explaining the clause has been provided.  These two briefs are due at the start of the next scheduled class period.