American Psychological Association

Constructing a Lecture on APA Amicus BriefsPowerPoint Lecture due this week ( Lockhart v. McCree)One of the best ways to truly understand a topic is to learn it and then teach it to otherYou are responsible for researching one of the amicus curiae briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court by the American Psychological AssociationAfter completing your research, you will construct a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the important parts of the brief and discusses the brief’s impact (or lack thereof) on the Supreme Court’s decisionThis PowerPoint will be in the form of a lecture and will be viewed and critiqued by two of your fellow students Find a BriefAll of the amicus briefs filed by the APA can be found on its website: http://www.apa.org/about/offices/ogc/amicus/index-alpha.aspx (Links to an external site.)Look through the briefs for one that you find interestingThe brief you select must have the full text available. Start early because APA briefs are full of legalese and can be dozens of pages in lengthNo two students can choose the same brief, so topics are on a first-come basisYour choice should have been submitted by Week 3 as an uploaded file for instructor reviewAfter Choosing Your BriefYou will need to know the Supreme Court decision on the caseThe United States Supreme Court website contains a listing of opinions http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ (Links to an external site.) Other sources for Supreme Court opinions Law school bulletins – Cornell University is an excellent resource: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/ (Links to an external site.) Newspaper archives Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times writes great Supreme Court pieces: Linda Greenhouse (Links to an external site.) In Your PowerPoint LectureDescribe – succinctly and in your own words – the issue confronted in the Supreme Court case. This can be done via voice recordings attached toyour slides or by writing out the narrative of your presentation in the notes section of your slidesDescribe the APA’s stance and the key parts of its amicus brief, including relevant researchSummarize the opinion of the court. You can address both the majority opinion and the dissenting opinion(s) to create a full picture of how the justices felt about the issue at handRemember to provide references in APA format – these can be at the footer of slides – and include a references slide at the end of the lectureThe lecture should be at least 15 slides but no more than 35GradingThe construction of your lecture will be worth 150 pointsThe Grading Rubric provides detailed guidelines for this assignmentForms will be provided for you to fill out as you critique the other lectures; these should be used as a guide to what components are important to include in your own lectureThe critique form is located in Week 8Post your PowerPoint lecture. You will be able to see the presentations submitted by other students after you provide your presentation.

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