Supreme Court Justice

Paper 4: Research Paper on the Supreme Court Justice

In this assignment you need to identify a past or current United States Supreme Court justice (do not select Justice Roberts, Alito, or Sotomayor or Kagan) and research and discuss his/her life and career and their impact on criminal procedure/ criminal justice. You will need outside research on this paper.

Format

  1. Introduction – identify the justice you selected and why you selected them and discuss your research methods;
  2. Life history of the justice, including educational background, experience prior to becoming a judge, etc
  3. Discussion of his/her tenure on the court, including a discussion of at least five majority opinions that he or she authored,
  4. A discussion/analysis of the judicial philosophy of the justice (eg liberal or conservative, activist or restraint, etc).
  5. A discussion/analysis of the impact of the justice on criminal procedure.
  6. A conclusion.

A suggested length is 18-28 paragraphs. This paper should be double-spaced in a 10- to12-point font.

Style: This paper should display a high level of professionalism. I will consider your writing and research quality. Do not simply copy and paste from research that you locate.

References: You should attribute your research (author or title similar to Assignments 1-2) throughout the paper and in a reference page (including author, title and publication). At least 8 outside research sources are expected. An outside research source is something besides our textbook or a textbook used in another course. Do not cite Wikipedia or textbooks from other college classes as sources.

Please do not limit yourself to Internet research. The Columbia College library is available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/resources.asp.  There are many quality databases at this site. At least two of your sources should be journals or law reviews.

Rubric

Criteria Description

Points

Introduction Clearly states the author’s thesis and grabs the interest of the reader

10

Life History of the Justice Discussion of the life history of the Justice including educational background, experience prior to becoming Judge, etc

75

Tenure on the Court Discussion of  tenure on the Court including a discussion of at least five majority opinions  authored during their time on the Court

200

Judicial philosophy Identifies and analyzes the judicial philosophy of the Justice

50

Impact on Criminal Procedure Discusses and analyzes the judicial philosophy of the justice.

25

Research Attributes research in the body of the paper and on a works cited page. Quality of research is appropriate for a 400-level class. Quantity of research displays at least eight sources outside of textbooks

50

Detail Paper is at least 18-28 paragraphs in length

50

Conclusion Clearly states the authors opinion and provides support

10

Mechanics Relatively free of errors in spelling, diction, and sentence structure

30

Total  

500