Issues in the Law: Select an issue/case involving Psychology and the law
from the list below. You will be playing the role of a) a jury, or b) a
professional panel, depending on the issue. You will be given several “amicas
briefs” compiled by the APA. These briefs will address your issue, as well as
give you the background of the defining case, the APA’s stance, and the actual
decision that was made in the case. You may use any/all/some of the briefs in
your discussion. Your goal will be to discuss the issues surrounding your case
(using the provided questions as a guideline), and if necessary, come to a
conclusion (the conclusion may or may not be the same as the one actually
reached in the case). You may type directly into the document. When submitting
do not include the attached briefs.
1. What are the major issues your topic raises? (i.e. What are the
“sides” of the argument).
2. Based on what you’ve read, what is the APA’s position on your topic? Do
you agree with their position? Why or why not? 3. Is there any dissention among
your group members? If so, on which issues do you disagree? Why?
4. Which way did the courts decide in your case/cases? Is there any
disagreement between the courts and the APA? If so, what is it? Do you side
with the courts or the APA? Why?
5. What ethical dilemmas does
this topic raise for the members of the group? What aspects make it difficult
to come to a decision in these matters?
6. Were there any other
interesting points/issues members of your group brought up? If so, what are