ERIC Number: ED378125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1989 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Elyse Roberts v. the District of Columbia. MT-89.
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 18th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a mock sexual harassment trial. Elyse Roberts, an assistant district attorney with the Office for the District Attorney of the District of Columbia, claims that Kevin Murphy, with whom she shared an office, frequently made obnoxious comments to her, some with sexual overtones, and that her supervisor ignored her complaints and demoted her for the poor work performance that resulted from the harassment. The District of Columbia defends on the grounds that no sexual harassment took place, that Roberts was overly sensitive to innocent comments and joking, and that her transfer was due to her performance as a lawyer. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides Roberts' attendance record; her evaluation ratings; and witness statements from Roberts, a detective who witnessed Murphy's behavior, a psychologist specializing in sexual harassment, Murphy, the supervisor, and the personnel director. 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, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Sexual Harassment, 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.