Is a Burrito a Sandwich?

As if they aren’t busy enough, some very clever law clerks working for the Justices of the Supreme Court of Texas have developed an innovative and clever curriculum supplement that’s designed to help teach middle and high school students what appellate courts actually do. The clerks created materials for teachers that help them stage faux appellate arguments in their own classrooms. The issue argued on appeal by the students: Is a burrito a sandwich? 

The case involves a contract dispute between a shopping mall and a sandwich shop that provides the latter with the exclusive right to sell sandwiches. When the mall contracts with a burrito establishement, the sandwich shop objects to the competition based on the contract’s language. Think the answer is easy? Read for yourself and you’ll see there are good arguments on both sides.  And what better way for young people to find out what lawyers really do? 

Americans – especially young people – need to know how the judicial branch of their government operates. Kudos to these intrepid young law clerks for helping educate our young people while also working to improve the public’s view of the legal profession. 

Posted: 10/24/2013 10:00:00 PM by Editor | with 0 comments

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