U.S. Supreme Court Collection
This collection helps students explore constitutional questions before the court on the First Amendment, equal protection, affirmative action and other issues, showing the ways history and current debates intersect.
Can Race Be a Factor in College Admissions? SCOTUS Reconsiders Affirmative Action.
The Supreme Court is considering two cases involving colleges’ use of race as a factor in creating a diverse student body. In both cases, the universities have defended their admissions practices, citing past Supreme Court rulings that support the use of race as a factor.
How a 1944 Supreme Court Ruling on Internment Camps Led to a Reckoning
The U.S. government ordered 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most American citizens, imprisoned during World War II. An admission of wrongdoing and reparations payments came decades later, but a Supreme Court ruling had lasting impact.
Why Supreme Court Confirmations Have Become So Bitter
Supreme Court nominations have changed since the defeat of Robert Bork. President Biden hoped for bipartisan support for nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, but recent history of Supreme Court nominations have yielded bitter battles and guarded answers from nominees on their views of important legal issues.
Presidents v. Press: How the Pentagon Papers Leak Set Up First Amendment Showdowns
The New York Times Co. v. United States Supreme Court case remains relevant in recent battles that Presidents Obama and Trump have fought to contain national security leaks. Focusing on the broader issues of freedom of the press in a democracy, the video helps students draw a line between the New York Times decision from 1971 and the ongoing disputes between the public’s right to know and the president’s right to secrecy.
How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law
The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Decades later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal.
Gerrymandering Tilts Political Power. Here's How Redistricting Affects Democracy.
Every decade, states engage in redistricting – the redrawing of congressional and state legislative boundaries – after the release of new census data. This process often becomes politicized, with district lines drawn to create partisan advantages and disadvantages, a tactic known as gerrymandering.
The Civil Rights Movement Expands: Busing
Why did the U.S. Supreme Court authorize the use of cross-town busing to accelerate school desegregation, and how did that decision affect communities and students in the American South? This video clarifies why landmark decisions like Brown v. Board of Education often required additional efforts to achieve integration.
Bush v. Gore: How a Recount Dispute Affects Voting Today
After the 2000 election night ended with no clear winner and exposed flaws in our voting system, there was a push for reforms to make elections run more smoothly. This 12-minute video introduces students to the turmoil and confusion of the Bush v. Gore election recount, and illustrates the surprising and unintended aftermath of that event.
Raising Doubts about Evolution… in Science Class
How did an anti-evolution think tank convince Louisiana’s state government to change how evolution was taught, and how did one high school student wage a campaign backed by 78 Nobel laureates to oppose these changes? This video explores how policy disputes over teaching evolution have been shaped by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause.
Trump and Biden Both Want to Repeal Section 230. Would That Wreck the Internet?
Today’s heated political arguments over censorship and misinformation online are rooted in Section 230, a 26-word snippet of a 1996 law that created the Internet as we know it. Now lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want it changed.
Tools for Teaching Supreme Court Cases Webinar
Along with our partners and co-hosts, Street Law, this webinar helps teachers navigate Supreme Court decisions in general, but with a special focus on affirmative action and the ongoing impact of the 1944 Korematsu decision.