ERIC Number: ED378121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1985 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Gale Kaufman, Plaintiff v. Rolling Hills Homemakers Association, Defendant. No. MT-85.
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 14th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a civil case over discrimination in housing. After the death of her husband, Cindi Kaufman, along with her infant son, moved in with her mother, Gale Kaufman, who owned a condominium at a complex regulated by the Rolling Hills Homeowners Association. Because of its "adults only" policy, the Association instructed Gale Kaufman to either remedy the situation or move out. Gale Kaufman claims that the rule is arbitrary discrimination. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides charts of Rolling Hills operating expenses; a crime report for the complex; and witness statements from Gale Kaufman, Cindi Kaufman, an expert on the housing market, residents at Rolling Hills, and a real estate agent. 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, 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.