January 07, 2020

Federal Courts Summer Institute

Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street,
Chicago, IL   60604

July 26, 2019

Over the course of this one day Institute, teachers will be provided with the opportunity to engage with legal historians, federal judges, and other educators to explore the history of the Northern Illinois District Court by focusing on one of the court’s highest profile cases, the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial. 

Deadline: June, 14th
(Limited participant spots available)

Educators will gain the following by participating in the institute:

  • An introduction to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (e.g., the structure of the court, the volume and types of cases it hears, an overview of the steps of a case);
  • An historical overview of the federal courts and a comparison to the current workings of the federal court system;
  • A better understanding of the historical, social, and political context of the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial;
  • Opportunity to discuss ways to incorporate the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial into the classroom with peers, legal scholars, and curriculum specialists; and
  • Tips and resources for introducing court procedures to students.

U.S. v. Dellinger: The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial 

Organizers of demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention were charged with inciting riots, and an unorthodox trial reflected the cultural and political divisions of the era of the Vietnam War. The trial of political activists accused of inciting riots during the Democratic National Convention of 1968 attracted national attention and exposed the depths of political and cultural divisions at a crucial moment in the nation’s history. The trial of the “Chicago Seven” became a defining event in public debates about the Vietnam War, the student protest movement, and the fairness of the federal judicial process.

Participating Faculty

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