Prepare a legal brief on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S. ___ (2011) which can be found at this link. www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/09-1272.ZS.html The case is also attached to this assignment. The case brief will be graded on the rubric in the student resources section under case brief. Please carefully review the rubric before you start the assignment. Please attach your brief to this assignment as a word document. By briefing a case, you are reading the entire court opinion then summarizing it into your own words so that the important information from the brief is easier to understand and remember. Legal case names should be done in standard “Blue Book” format. Example: York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995). For further information see http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation and look under the “How to Cite” section. In addition see the web resource section for this course and click on the folder marked “how to brief a case”. *** Please review the materials in the Resources section of the classroom under the Case Brief folder. These will be useful to you because they instruct (“How to..”) students about the case briefing process, shows the relationship between the Opinion and the brief (Opinion and Model Case Brief), and then enables you to see the relationship between the case brief and the grading process (Rubric). Case briefs are used to highlight the key information contained within a case for use within the legal community as court cases can be quite lengthy. When writing case briefs, all information must be properly cited. Make sure you are not copying and pasting from your source. Most of the material should be paraphrased; quotations should make up no more than 10% of the brief. Note: since the purpose to is highlight and summarize key information, merely copying and pasting from the case does not accomplish this goal. You must summarize the facts in your own words, using quotations sparingly.
Case Name & Case Citation 5 % Complete identification of case name and the parties to the case.
Facts 10 % Key/relevant facts are fully provided and easily understandable.
Procedural Posture 10 % Demonstrated all essential information dealing with the history of the case.
Issue 10 % Proper statement and framing of the legal question(s).
Holding 5 % Full restatement of the court’s resolution.
Judgment/Disposition 5 % Complete restatement of the court’s disposition.
Rationale/Analysis 25 % Thorough explanation of how the court reached its holding.
Dissent/Comment/Significance/Impact 10 % Identification and presentation of additional information that is needed to present a complete picture of the case
Writing Standards 10 % Demonstrate the correct usage of grammar, spelling, and writing techniques.
Citation of Sources 10 % Proper usage of the BlueBook citation style.
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