ERIC Number: ED378126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1990 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Neighbors Against AIDS Homes (NAAH), Marsha(11) Gaskins, et al., and Those Similarly Situated v. Vic(kie) G. Knight, as Trustee of the John King Trust and Administrator of "Our House."
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 19th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a mock civil trial over the establishment of a home for people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in a residential district. The will of John King established that upon his death his house be used as a group home for persons with AIDS and that a trust fund be created for the administration of the house. Vickie G. Knight, the trustee, lives in the home with five individuals infected with AIDS. Local neighbors formed a coalition, "Neighbors Against AIDS Homes (NAAH)," to oppose the location of "Our House" in their neighborhood, arguing that zoning regulations exclude health care facilities and community-based residential facilities. The defendants claim that they are in compliance with the single-family residence requirement. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides an architect's sketch of the house; the Infection Control Guidelines for Home Care; the chart of activity at "Our House"; and witness statements from a representative of NAAH, a medical expert for NAAH, a former cleaner at "Our House," Vickie Knight, a medical expert for "Our House," and a resident of "Our House." 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, Civil Law, Court Litigation, 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.