ERIC Number: ED378117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1980 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Albert Banks and Virginia Smallwood, for Herself and on Behalf of Her Minor Son, Dwayne Jones, Plaintiffs v. Potomac Properties, Inc., Thomas R. Baldwin, and Victoria Reese, Defendants. No. MT-80.
National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.
Prepared by the District of Columbia Street Law Project for its ninth annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a civil trial over housing discrimination. The plaintiffs are an unmarried couple with a disabled child whose application to live at Waterfront Gardens, a property owned by Potomac Properties, has been denied because their individual salaries are below $350 a week. Because Potomac Properties has a policy of evaluating the salaries of unmarried couples separately and of married couples jointly, Banks and Smallwood claim discrimination and are suing. Potomac Properties claims that the rejection was made on the basis of income requirements and bad character references. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides an advertisement for Waterfront Gardens; the defendants' applications; and witness statements from Banks, Smallwood, a law student who posed as an applicant at Waterfront Gardens, the resident manager, the president of Potomac Properties, and a landlord who had given Banks a bad referral. Through participation in mock trials and analysis of the activity, students gain an insider's perspective on courtroom procedure and a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society resolves its disputes. Mock trials develop critical analysis, questioning and listening skills, and skills in preparing and organizing materials. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Law, Court Litigation, Disabilities, Housing, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Discrimination, Social Studies
Social Studies School Service, Dept. A3, P.O. Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232-0802.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.