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August 11, 2020

Federal Courts Summer Institute

Teaching with federal trials.

Chew Heong v. U.S.: Chinese Exclusion and the Federal Courts
Two-Part Online PD Series hosted by:
ABA Division for Public Education & Federal Judicial Center

This case looks at a Chinese immigrant's petition to reenter the United States in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It divides a California federal court and forces the Supreme Court to decide if immigrants' rights are protected by the nation's treaties.

  1. Part 1: We will be joined by Professor Lucy E. Salyer who teaches at the University of New Hampshire and is known for her work on the history of immigration law in the United States. ​Professor Salyer will provide some political and social context for the case as well as giving an overview on the important legal issues of the case. 
  2. Part 2:  Educators and ABA/FJC Institute alums will share teaching strategies for using this case and federal trials for teaching about politcal and social issues in the classroom.

Shari Conditt is a high school history and civics teacher at Woodland Hills in Washington State. Ms. Conditt received the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Washington State History Teacyer of the Year Award in 2016 and is a member of the iCivics Educator Network.

Michelle Nelin-Maruani is a Master Teacher in Social Science for the Center for Statewide E-learning at Northern State University in South Dakota. Ms. Maruani has been a teacher in residence at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and a national team leader for the National Council for the Social Studies/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Note to Participants: It is not necessary to pre-read the following materials before participating in the webinar, but you might find them helpful.