Two Voices on the Legal Rights of America's Youth / Edition 1

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This text takes a unique approach to understanding judicial decisions, offering feedback and discussion from two generations' points of view. TWO VOICES consists of edited judicial decisions and accompanying text covering diverse legal issues involving minors. To help students understand a court's reasoning and the case outcome, the authors discuss the nature of legal reasoning and the case method of study, as well as a sample edited judicial decision and an explanation and example of how to "brief" a case. A variety of legal issues directly relevant to young people are presented, engaging students in a dialogue designed to explore the meaning and the implications of the case decisions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534196493
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Acker is a Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany. He has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects including capital punishment, criminal procedure, criminal law, and juvenile justice. He is co-author or co-editor of four books, including James R. Acker and David C. Brody, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE (Aspen Publishing Co. 1999), and James R. Acker, Robert M. Bohm, and Charles S. Lanier (eds.), AMERICA'S EXPERIMENT WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE ULTIMATE PENAL SANCTION (Carolina Academic Press 1998).

Elizabeth B. Acker graduated from Albany High School in 2001, where she was class salutatorian. She presently is enrolled as an undergraduate student at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although she is interested in law and the legal rights of young people, she has no present plans to apply to law school following her graduation from college.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: STUDYING "YOUTH LAW". Youth Law. A Sample Case and Brief: In the Matter of a Grand Jury Subpoena. Conclusion. 1. THE LEGAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE: BALANCING INTERESTS AND DRAWING LINES. Introduction. Children, Parents and State: Balancing Interests. General Issues: Prince v. Massachusetts; Wisconsin v. Yoder. Juvenile Curfew Ordinances: Schleifer v. City of Charlottesville. Drawing Lines: The Categorical Approach or Individualized Determinations? Too Young to Die? Juvenile Offenders and Capital Punishment: Thompson v. Oklahoma. Lines and More Lines: Youth and Gender: Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County. Conclusion. 2. THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF YOUTHS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, AND THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION. Introduction. Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in the Public Schools: West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette; Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District; Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser; Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. The First Amendment Outside of the Schools: Sexually Explicit Expression: Ginsberg v. New York. Young People and the First Amendment Right of Association: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale. Conclusion. 3. RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Introduction. The Teaching of Creationism and Evolution: Epperson v. Arkansas; Edwards v. Aguillard. Prayer in Public Schools. Prayer in the Classroom: Engel v. Vitale. A Moment of Silence: Wallace v. Jaffree. School Prayer Outside the Classroom: Commencement Exercises and Athletic Contests: Lee v. Weisman. Accommodating Religion in the Public Schools: Good News Club v. Milford Central School. Conclusion. 4. ADDITIONAL LEGAL ISSUES IN THE SCHOOLS. Introduction. Search and Seizure Issues. Searches Involving School Students and Their Possessions: New Jersey v. T.L.O.. Drug Testing in the Schools: Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton. School Disciplinary Issues. Suspension: Procedural Fairness: Goss v. Lopez. Corporal Punishment: Spanking in the Schools: Ingraham v. Wright. Sexual Harassment in the Schools: Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education. Conclusion. 5. MEDICAL DECISIONS AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. Introduction. Medical Decisions Involving Minors'' Physical and Mental Health. Withholding and Consenting to Medical Treatment: In the Matter of Seiferth; In re E.G.. Civil Commitment: Parham v. J.R.. Reproductive Rights: Abortion and Contraception. Teen Pregnancy and Abortions: Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth; Bellotti v. Baird. Minors'' Access to Contraceptives: Carey v. Population Services International. Conclusion. 6. JUVENILE JUSTICE. Introduction. The Due Process Revolution in the Juvenile Courts. The Revolution Begins: In re Gault; In re Gault. Additional Due Process Issues: The Burden of Proof: In re Winship. Trial by Jury: McKeiver v. Pennsylvania. Confidentiality: Must Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings be Open to the Public and the Press? State v. Dino; Smith v. Daily Mail Publishing Co.. Police Interrogation and Confessions: Fare v. Michael C.; McIntyre v. State. Pre-Trial Detention: Schall v. Martin. Coming Full Circle? The New Juvenile Justice: State in the Interest of J.L.A.. The Waiver Decision: Transferring Juveniles to Criminal Court: In the Matter of Seven Minors; State v. Angel C.. Status Offenses: In the Interest of Gras; State ex rel. Harris v. Calendine. Juvenile Corrections: Alexander S. v. Boyd. Conclusion.
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