February 13, 2020

Federal Courts Summer Institute

July 23, 2020

Together, the Northern District of Illinois and the American Bar Association are pleased to offer middle and high school social studies teachers a one-day professional development program that will explore the federal judiciary and how it helps to define our constitutional rights and responsibilities. Participants will engage with contemporary court cases to support classroom learning on the role the federal courts play in current policy and societal debates.

Dirksen Federal Building

Deadline: June, 1st, 2020
(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);
  • Knowledge on current legal issues before the Supreme Court and classroom ready case studies.
  • Opportunities to engage with lawyers and federal judges.
  • Tips and resources for introducing court procedures to students.