Unit 2 discussion: sources of law, and youngstown sheet & tube’s | law | Carleton College

 Sources of Law, and Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s Separation of Powers


This discussion is worth 40 points (30 for the original post, 10 for the replies). Use the attached rubric to determine if you are meeting the objectives of the assignment for full credit.

Note: You will not be able to view the posts of your classmates until you submit your initial post.


Your participation in the discussion forum, including:

  • A clear, specific, and detailed response to the initial question(s) below
  • Clear, specific, and detailed, responses to at least two other students’ posts

 Discussion Instructions

Step 1 Read:

  1. Read: “Chapter 1: Introduction,” Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians, 5th Edition, Revised, Southern California Association of Law Libraries, pages 1-12 (2011).
  2. Read: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952)


Step 2 Post:

Answer the following question(s). Do not just copy and paste text but respond in your own words. It is great to point to specific language from a text, but if you are going to borrow information from that source, then be sure to use quotation marks and citations for quoted or paraphrased material.

  1. Explain in your own words the sources of law covered in “Chapter 1: Introduction,” Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians”
  2. How has your understanding of sources of the law changed after reading the instructional materials in this unit?
  3. What is the U.S. Supreme Court’s ultimate decision in Youngstown Sheet & Tube and how does it address the issue of separation of powers?
  4. What impact if any does the Youngstown Sheet & Tube case have on your understanding of separation of powers?
  5. What questions if any do you have after reading the Youngstown Sheet & Tube case?

Step 3 Reply:

Read other students’ posts and respond to at least two of them.

Tips to Successfully Complete the Discussion:

  1. Use the attached Rubric to determine whether your original post and replies include the necessary detail to successfully complete this assignment.
  2. Important Note: Be sure to write an original post. Do not copy and paste answers that you locate elsewhere whether in the course materials or on the Internet. If you do want to refer to your lesson materials or Internet sources, you must give credit to that borrowed information and provide basic citations. The goal here isn’t perfect citation, but rather to make sure that you follow the student’s and paralegal’s ethical duties to give credit for information borrowed from other sources. If you want to use exact words and phrases as part of your answer use quotation marks, but your response should still be primarily in your own words. Only then will you demonstrate that you understand the material covered. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor.
  3. Consider this: When a client, managing attorney, or judge asks a paralegal a question, the paralegal cannot simply hand that individual an outside source. A paralegal can refer to the source, but he/she still must answer the question in his/her own words and demonstrate confidence and skill in the topic at hand.