ERIC Number: ED378123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1987 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Dana Barr, Plaintiff v. Kit Zuff, as Administrator of the Lorton Medium Security Facility, Defendant. MT-87.
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 16th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a mock civil trial in which Dana Barr, a former corrections officer, brings suit against the Lorton Medium Security Facility for firing him on the basis of his status as Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) positive. The District of Columbia Department of Corrections contends that the inmates' fear of contracting Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) from Barr made it impossible for him to carry out his duties as a prison guard. Barr claims that he was fired because of a personal conflict with a supervisor and that the prison could have made reasonable accommodation to allow him to continue at his position. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides a statistical report from the National Centers for Disease Control; an AIDS fact sheet; other documents on the AIDS virus; and witness statements from the plaintiff, Barr's former supervisor, the director of the AIDS Education Project, the administrator who fired Barr, the head of the inmate council, and a corrections management consultant. 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: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Citizenship Education, Court Litigation, Criminal Law, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, 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.