Courtroom Drama [WLO: 2] [CLOs: 2, 5, 6]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 5 and The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For this discussion, you will partake in a courtroom discussion based on a court case provided by your instructor. Your instructor asked for volunteers in a separate Announcement towards the end of Week 1, and requested for one student to take on the role of the “plaintiff” and one student to take on the role of the “defendant” from the case. The remaining class members become the jury. The plaintiff and defendant are exempt from the required two responses to their fellow classmates for this forum. This exemption allows the plaintiff and defendant to build a strong case in their favor via their initial video post. Each participant—the plaintiff, defendant, and jury members—will create their initial post using the Canvas video tool to explain their case and/or reasoning. Review the Canvas Video Submission Instructions on how to create a video post using your computer’s webcam.
Once the plaintiff and defendant have been determined, your instructor will select a court, and it will be listed at the end of the instructions along with the names of the plaintiff and defendant.
This is a dramatization of a real court case, and all members are expected to speak clearly and dress appropriately. Therefore, part of your grade will be determined by these requirements.
Plaintiff (the person or entity who is suing another): Research the case provided by the instructor, and present evidence as to how you were wronged in the scenario. You must include the legal and ethical violations that occurred. You will support your suit by arguing your case in a 5-minute video to the jury. Post that you are the “PLAINTIFF” at the top of the page of the discussion forum; then, post the link to your video along with your reference list by the end of Day 3.
Defendant (the person or entity who is being sued by the Plaintiff): Research the case provided by the instructor, and present evidence as to how you did not act against legal and ethical standards. You must support your case and why the issue is not a violation. You will support your suit by arguing your case in a 5-minute video to the jury. Post that you are the “DEFENDANT” at the top of the page of the discussion forum; then, post the link to your video along with your reference list by the end of Day 3.
Jurors (the remainder of the class): Research the case, as well as the legal and ethical standards surrounding the issues from both sides. View the videos from both the plaintiff and defendant. In your video post, argue for your decision either in favor of the plaintiff or the defendant. You will present your decision in a 5-minute video explaining the rationale behind your decision. Post whether you are “FOR THE PLAINTIFF” or “FOR THE DEFENDANT” at the top of the page of the discussion forum; then, post the link to your video along with your reference list by the end of Day 5.
Post Due Dates:
- Plaintiff and defendant: Due by Day 3
- Jurors decisions: Due by Day 5
- Jurors response posts: Due by Day 7
Juror Response Posts: By the end of Day 7, review the decisions by your fellow jurors. Respond to two jurors—one who ruled in favor of the plaintiff and one who ruled in favor of the defendant. If you ruled in favor of the plaintiff, you must respond to one juror who ruled in favor of the defendant and one who ruled in favor of the plaintiff; however, if everyone rules for the plaintiff or defendant, then post to two jurors. Discuss your agreement or disagreement with their decision and present additional facts to support your argument. Your responses must be a minimum of 100 substantive words. Those students who portray the plaintiff and the defendant are exempt from response posts; however, they are free to respond to others if they wish.