Lee v. Weisman,
Complete a case analysis. Read the following case and prepare a brief summary of the case.
Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992).
Format of the case analysis:
Plaintiffs.List all plaintiffs and explain who they are and the positions they hold or reason they are a
Defendants List all defendants and explain who they are or what position they hold relevant to this
Date of Decision
Facts.These should be written in past tense, listing them in chronological order is helpful. Any
information you find may be relevant to the case. For example, information related to a
person’s age, the event, the injury, the circumstances leading up to the injury, actions taken
by the plaintiff(s) or the defendant(s). Using your notes from throughout the class may also
help you decide upon important facts in your case.
Issue or Question(s) of Law. These are the main issues the court is attempting to answer. They are
usually stated in the form of a question.
Example: Did Mr. Doe owe a duty to John Smith for failing to provide safe equipment? If Mr. Doe
did breach this duty, did the breach directly cause John’s ankle to be broken?
Another way of looking for issues in a case is by defining exactly what the court must decide.
Other issues may involve contracts, such as a waiver. An issue may revolve around the
validity of a waiver. Such an issue could be simply stated as: “Is the waiver signed by the
plaintiff valid?”Issues can also revolve around a law or statute, e.g., whether the Volunteer
Protection Act is applicable in the case.
Example: Does the Volunteer Protection Act apply in this case? (It is a question the court is trying
Defense(s) used in this case and what information you found that shows this was a defense.
These should be actual defenses in the case. Sometimes, these are clearly stated as defenses, at
other times, you may need to peruse your list of defenses. Remember, too, that a law such as
the Volunteer Protection Act can be used as a defense. If a law applies in providing immunity,
for example, then this would be a defense.
List the defenses used and explain why/how they were used as defense.
Decision or Holding. Identify the decision(s) of the court in the following manner.
· For the plaintiff, reversed and remanded
· Summary judgment for the defendant
No explanations are needed here. Just simply state the decision.
If you have an appealed case, state here all decisions made by each court.
Damages awarded, if any. Explain any monetary or other damages awarded by the court to the
Rationale. Summarize why the court made the decision that it made. Use your own words. You
must explain the rationale for each of the issues identified.
State your beliefs. In this section, explain whether you agree or disagree with the courtâ??s decision.
Use your notes to explain why you agree or disagree. Make your point(s) based on sound
rationale. Use your own words and not the wording of the court, so that I know you
understand the case. You are now applying and displaying what you have learned in class.