Case brief

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Your assignment is to brief the case Florence v. Board Of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, 132 S. Ct. 1510 (2012). The case is provided as an attachment to this assignment.

Legal case names should be formatted in standard "Bluebook" format. Example: York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995).

*** Please review all of the materials provided as attachments. These attachments include guidelines (“how to”) on briefing a case; a model case brief and its accompanying court opinion; and the grading rubric that will be used for assessment of your submission.

Case briefs are used to highlight the key information contained within a case. Note: because the purpose of the exercise is for you to learn to highlight and summarize key information, your merely copying and pasting language directly from the case does not accomplish this goal. You must summarize the facts in your own words and use quoted material sparingly. Most of the material in the brief should be paraphrased. Quoted material should make up no more than 15% of the brief.

Five final notes: (1) In the U.S. Supreme Court, the roles of the parties are typically referred to as that of Petitioner and Respondent (not Plaintiff and Defendant or Appellant and Appellee); (2) If there is only one each of the issue, holding, and reasoning sections of the brief, you don't need to number them (Issue 1, Issue 2, etc.) - and NOT every case has more than one issue; (3) Make sure that you put something in the comment section of the brief; (4) The more closely your brief's structure resembles that of the model case brief, the more likely it is that you are preparing your brief correctly; and (5) The reasoning (aka rationale/analysis) section is the heart of the brief, so you should spend a significant amount of time discussing the specific analysis undertaken by the court when reaching its decision (this should generally be the longest part of a brief and counts for 25% of your grade for the brief).

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