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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 47 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2016
Available in French: No

RULE OF LAW shares the story of a newly-disabled outlaw in rural Tennessee whose local court case on minor traffic violations evolves into a landmark class action lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court where the rights of 55 million people and the Americans with Disabilities Act itself are at stake. A lawyer from one of the smallest counties in the country represents the outlaw and takes it to the highest court in the land to debate issues of sovereign immunity and due process.
It reveals how questions of civil rights affecting a broad spectrum of people can arise out of the most unlikely sources, how a good lawyer should never ignore any client and should look for constitutional issues in whatever thorny problems his/her clients have, how slow the legal system is, how unresponsive government lawyers can sometimes be and how anyone, no matter what their history, along with a single small-town lawyer can work together to help millions of people. 
"Compelling...Rule of Law illustrates the human dimensions of the case as well as describing a complex doctrinal case in ways that are understandable to legal experts and novices alike. The links to key documents in the case, as well as related documents and supplemental interviews, make this an important resource for law professors, law students, disability rights advocates, and people with disabilities themselves. It is an invaluable teaching resource."
Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education,
Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, American Universit
DVD Features
Multiple resources for a complete study of the case and its context:
* Watch: 2½ hours of extended interviews 
* Listen: Two MP3 audio files of the Supreme Court's Hearing and Opinion in Tennessee v. Lane
* Read: Legal documents related to the case in PDF format
* Web links (see below under Links)
The video extras are accessible through the scene selection menus and the other documents and audio are accessible via the DVD-ROM portion of the disc.
Also includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.

Links:  www.bullfrogfilms.com/guides/rule_weblinks.pdf - list of links for further study

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