September 30, 2009
C-SPAN features a new documentary about the Supreme Court along with nightly interviews with key Supreme Court experts - many of them also resource experts for Street Law's activities. We've mapped out the week's schedule and connected each night's program to key Street Law resources.
Programming occurs each evening at 9pm Eastern.
Sunday, October 4
The Supreme Court: Home To America’s Highest Court, a new, original documentary. Clips and related lessons are available to teachers for free at C-SPAN Classroom (registration required).
Applications for Street Law's Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers (June 17-22) are now available.
Monday, October 5
Interviews with Lyle Denniston, SCOTUS blog, and Joan Biskupic, USA Today. Both Lyle and Joan have taken part in Street Law's Supreme Court programs, providing valuable insight about the Court for our teachers.
- SCOTUSBlog where Lyle serves as a journalist, is a great source of information about the Court's current cases.
- Joan's new book, American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is available for pre-order now.
- Washington Post Supreme Court coverage
- New York Times Supreme Court coverage
- News Hour Supreme Court coverage
Tuesday, October 6
William Suter, Clerk of the Supreme Court
William Suter is a friend of Street Law and has taken time to speak with hundreds of teachers that have visited the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, October 7
Jim O'Hara, Supreme Court historian and Frank Gilbert, Grandson of Justice Louis Brandeis
- The Supreme Court Historical Society works to expand public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is Street Law's partner and funder for the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. Their web site has historical information and classroom lessons.
- Landmark Cases, an innovative web resource for teachers, provides background information and teaching activities on 17 landmark Supreme Court cases. Sponsored by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
- The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. Visit the web site to read about any case in the Court's history, and to listen to recordings of the oral arguments in cases since 1955.
Thursday, October 8
Drew Days III - Solicitor General, Clinton Administration, and Maureen Mahoney, former SC Law Clerk and Private Attorney
Both Drew Days and Maureen Mahoney have extensive experience arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court. Give students that experience by conducting a moot court or exploring the ways in which interest groups influence the Court through amicus briefs:
Friday, October 9
Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Scalia, and O'Connor interviews
Judicial philosophies come into play when judges decide cases - this activity helps students learn about judicial decision-making and explores why judges decide the same case in different ways:
Saturday, October 10
Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, Thomas, and Alito interviews
Justices Sotomayor, Alito, and Breyer are the three most recent appointees to the Supreme Court. These student lessons explore the ways in which Supreme Court justices are nominated and confirmed:
Sunday, October 11
Justices Roberts and Stevens interviews
For even more information about the Supreme Court, check out these opportunities:
If you missed it earlier, catch The Supreme Court: Home To America's Highest Court on Monday, October 12, at 6pm & 8pm Eastern.
(Reproduced with permission)
Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers
Topic: U.S. Supreme Court