ABA Division for Public Education Events


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The Division for Public Education attends conferences and events around the country, and often presents special programs or resources.  Resources relating to those events can be found here.

National Council for History Education, March 19-21, 2015, St. Augustine, FL


Making the Japanese Constitution: Teaching About a Cultural Encounter in World History

How was the post-war Japanese Constitution created? Was it "imposed" on a defeated Japan by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), the American Occupation under Douglas MacArthur? Drawing on current scholarship and resources, we will reexamine these questions by framing this event as an American-Japanese encounter-an encounter simultaneously constitutional, legal, political, linguistic, and cultural. Presenters will engage participants in an interactive session in which they will examine key primary sources, such as the Potsdam Declaration, the MacArthur Note ("Three Basic Points"), and Japense illustrations related to the promulgation of the final constitution.


National Council for the Social Studies, November 21-23, 2014, Boston, MA

When is Biology Private?
This session will explore how the Supreme Court has ruled on Fourth Amendment issues related to the human body--fingerprinting to strip searches to the collection of blood and DNA.

Pentagon Papers: Government Secrecy & National Security
Session will explore primary sources related the landmark case U.S. v. Daniel Ellsberg, and discuss how to incorporate federal trials into the classroom. Participants will receive resources for use with students.

Understanding Injunctions
Session will outline a step-by-step guide for reading and understanding federal court-issued injunctions. A document map of an injunction will serve as a guide. Resources will also be shared.

The Supreme Court Case Behind Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
Uses primary sources to examine Walker v. Birmingham, the seminal Supreme Court case behind Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Explores relationship between rule of law and civil disobedience.

Commemorating Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law
As the world commemorates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this session will offer a free teaching toolkit for discussing this foundational legal document in your classroom. Request your own teaching toolkit.


CRFC's Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government, Oak Brook, IL, November 1, 2014

When Words Collide: Protecting National Security and the First Amendment
Presenters: Tiffany Middleton and Mark Cohen


National Council for History Education, March 22, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

The “Wild Bill” Hickok Trial, Frontier Justice, and the Rule of Law"
Session will explore rule of law in the American West through the 1865 trial of “Wild Bill” Hickok, accused of shooting and killing Davis Tutt; and the connections between the real life trial and the myths of the American West, gunfighters, and frontier justice.


National Council for the Social Studies, November 21-24, 2013, St. Louis, MO

Rosenbergs on Trial: Using Federal Trials to Teach U.S. History
This session will explore primary sources related to the landmark case U.S. v. Rosenberg, and discuss how to incorporate federal trials into the classroom.

Understanding a U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Session will outline a step-by-step guide for reading and understanding U.S. Supreme Court opinions.

Ensuring Equality: Are We All Created Equal?
Courts have played an important role in ensuring legal equality. This session will examine the law's shaping of racial and workplace equality as examples of how courts attempt to referee controversial issues.