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 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, Ill., Nov. 1)

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.