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American Bar Association

2009 Summer Institute for Teachers

About the Institute

Co-sponsors: The American Bar Association Division for Public Education and the Federal Judicial Center.

Dates: Sunday, June 21 – Friday, June 26, 2009

Location: Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC

Designed especially for secondary school teachers of U.S. history, law and civics/government, the institute will deepen participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.

Participants will work closely throughout the institute with leading historians, federal judges, and curriculum consultants. Confirmed faculty include:

Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School and
Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University.

To explore the theme of Seeking Social Change Through the Courts, the institute will focus on these three landmark federal trials:
  • Woman suffrage and the Trial of Susan B. Anthony
  • Chinese Exclusions Acts and Chew Heong v. United States
  • The Desegregation of New Orleans schools and Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board
Participation is limited to 20 teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be reimbursed to institute participants per U.S. government per diem rates.

How to Apply
Your application for participation for the institute must include:
  • A completed application form *.pdf or *.doc, signed by you and your principal or department head
  • Your current resume or c.v.
  • One-page statement describing the reasons why you wish to attend the institute

"There's Millions In It"


Registration for the 2009 Summer Institute for Teachers is complete and is now closed.

If you would like further information for this year or for the 2010 Institute, please contact:

David Sip
Associate Director, Division for Public Education
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, 20-2
Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598
t: 312.988.5737
f: 312.988.5494
e: sipd@staff.abanet.org

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