All Rise and Make Your Case

Students Simulate Supreme Court Arguments

by Morgan Jarema

Hallea Michell strode into social studies teacher Susan McCaffrey’s classroom and approached a podium with a miniature White House on top and the presidential seal affixed to the front. “All rise!” she bellowed as she banged a gavel. It was the beginning of a new case to be heard by the class of eighth-graders-turned U.S. Supreme Court justices. McCaffrey’s third- and fourth-hour students had broken into teams of two and three, then spent three school days researching cases assigned to them...