August 22, 2013
Street Law staff are watching the Supreme Court’s docket for next term with an eye out for cases that will work well in the classroom. Learn more about the two cases below and others at Megan Hanson's workshop previewing the upcoming SCOTUS teerm at the ABA's 2013 Law-Related Education Conference in October in Atlanta and Lee Arbetman’s workshop at the 2013 NCSS Annual Conference in November in St. Louis.
Fernandez v. California
This is a case about giving consent for a search. Walter Fernandez objected to police officers entering his apartment, but was later arrested and removed. Roxanne Rojas, a co-tenant, then consented to a search of the home. Therefore, the Court is addressing whether a defendant must be personally present and objecting to a search, or whether his previously stated objection is a continued assertion of his Fourth Amendment rights that cannot be overridden by a co-tenant.
Town of Greece v. Galloway
This is a case about the proper separation of church and state—specifically, whether a legislative prayer practice violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Town of Greece, New York regularly opened its Town Board meetings with a short prayer. The Court will address whether a prayer practice is unconstitutional when, under the totality of the circumstances, it conveys to a reasonable objective observer that there is an official affiliation with a particular religion.
(Reproduced with permission)
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