Long Arms of the Law

Long Arms of the Law focuses on the judicial branch of U.S. government — the role of the Supreme Court and attributes of its justices. Suggested readings and activities are appropriate for grades 4-12. Several variations are suggested for using “Giving Order to Important U.S. Supreme Court Cases,” a timeline activity utilizing seven significant cases. The history and notable judges of the Court are the subjects of one quiz; law clerks and procedures are the subjects of another. Two commentaries from The Post provide perspectives on the current Court’s balance and the justices’ roles in interpreting the law. Resources for writing the profile of the perfect Supreme Court nominee include profiles of the current justices, a chart of the role of the Court and Web sites.

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