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1. Identify the numbered video selection that you observed from the above list.
2. What are your most noteworthy impressions? What did you learn about the legal system from viewing this video? – You may comment on the judge, lawyers, court personnel, parties, proceedings, surroundings, fairness and equality of proceedings, etc. – anything that stuck out in your mind as a result of your observation. You are encouraged to be most aware of how you felt about what you observed. Contemplate the experience of encountering the justice system – not merely the events that happened. This is an observation of the court experience – including its procedure and function. It is not a report on the facts of the case involved.
Note: You are NOT being asked to factually report what happened in the videos. You ARE being asked to recognize and describe what you learned from watching the videos. Do NOT summarize the substance of witness testimony or lawyers’ arguments. Rather explain what you learned about the legal system from the process of the witness testimony or the lawyer’s arguments. This assignment is NOT about your understanding of the facts of any case but about your understanding of the process of eliciting the facts and applying the law to get to a conclusion.
3. Was “Justice” being served by this process? Why or why not? You will not have seen a case through to conclusion, so you are considering whether the process that you saw, was contributing to serve justice.
Note: Many students forget to address this question and suffer a loss of points on this assignment.
2. Horras v. American Capital Strategies, Ltd.; Southern District of Iowa; Contract, Diversity; Motion to Dismiss; 29:42; https://www.uscourts.gov/cameras-courts/horras-v-american-capital-strategies-ltd, and
Hammock v. Jensen et al; Southern District of Iowa; Civil Rights, Criminal Law Related Civil Cases, Search and Seizure; Motion for Summary Judgment, Motion to Dismiss; 57:51: https://www.uscourts.gov/cameras-courts/hammock-v-jensen-et-al