Thursday, February 24, 2011

Featured Case: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. US and Katzenbach v. McClung

The US Supreme Court decisions in these iconic Civil Rights Act/Commerce Clause cases are readily available on line: Heart of Atlanta Motel; Katzenbach.  I try to personalize these cases by providing some photos or articles about the people involved in the cases.  I think that it is important for students to understand that law is more than just words in a book.  Law involves the stories of real people, the way they act and react and how their lives were impacted by the legal system.  This site has pictures of the Heart of Atlanta Motel, including a larger version of the one reproduced below. Below are a couple of pictures of Ollie's Barbeque, the Birmingham, AL. restaurant that was the subject of Katzenbach.  Ollie's restaurant is out of business, but you can still buy some of Ollie's barbecue sauce.

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