Friday, October 7, 2005

Teaching Resources: Sources for Constructing Case Studies in Parenting Plans

Lexis-Nexis reports the trial court memoranda of decisions from Connecticut Superior Courts.  While of little value as precedent or for exploring analysis of legal issues, the cases are a rich source for constructing problems for classroom discussion or simulations in family law.  For example, in the past month's opinions, one can find decisions with the entire text of a parenting plan in Feinberg v. Feinberg,  2005 Conn. Super. LEXIS 2423 (September 2, 2005) and in Drzal v. Drzal, 2005 Conn. Super. LEXIS 2384 (September 7, 2005).

Having the party names, you can also review the entire docket at the Connecticut Superior Court website http://www.jud2.state.ct.us/civil_inquiry/GetParty.asp

While using these cases to construct problems will still require some creative story telling to fill in the blanks and is certainly not as easy as retrieving entire case files from your local circuit court, unless you teach in Connecticut, you are not likely to end up having the entire class working on the divorce of one of your student's family members! bgf

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