July 8, 2016 – Middle and High school teachers from NYC and Albany attended a five day professional development summer institute at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse. As part of a US Dept. of Ed’s James Madison Legacy grant, teachers participated in outstanding sessions facilitated by scholars ( federal judges and law professors) based on the civic education materials, “We The People: The Citizen & The Constitution.” Teachers were assigned expert “We The People” Mentors to assist with implementation of a mock court hearing.
Federal judges and law professors presented topics on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The judges included: Honorable Reena Raggi & Gerad E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y , Judge Paul Oetken, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y. , Judge Joseph Bianco of the U.S. District for the Southern District of N.Y. and Magistrate Judge James Francis IV. The law Professors included: Chris Riano of Columbia University, Jeffrey Morris of Touro Law School, Steve Gilles & Martin Margulies of Quinnipiac Law School ,Myriam Gilles & Julie C. Suk of Cardozo Law School , Aaron Saiger & Benjamin Zipursky of Fordham Law School and Emily Gold Waldman of Pace Law School . Judges D’Agostino, Moses, Peck, Trust, Maas and Stewart presided over a mock court hearing on the final day. All of this was made possible by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann.
June 15, 2016 – On June 1, the New York State Bar Association Law Youth & Citizenship (NYSBA LYC) Committee and the Justice Resource Center honored Ari Kahn, Randy Kaminsky, and Bill Kahn at the U.S. Federal Thurgood Marshall Courthouse for their outstanding contributions to law-related education and New York City students.
June 14, 2016 – The NYCDOE is now offering an Alumni network available to graduating public school students. Below is the announcement from the Chancellor’s Office:
As the graduation season approaches and many of our students prepare for life after public school, my hope is that they plan to stay involved with our students and schools. We are calling on you to help us encourage your seniors to stay connected and sign up by clicking here.
June 13, 2016 – On May 13, over 100 high school students from William Cullen Bryant HS, School for Legal Studies, Murry Bergtraum HS and Transit Technical HS came to Pace University for the annual Computer Forensics-Cyber Security Symposium. This year’s student debate covered current and controversial cyber topics, including cellphone monitoring, the NSA and Edward Snowden, and the Apple v. FBI case. Students presented their arguments to the expert judges’ panel, and answered judges’ questions.
June 2, 2016 – The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is again offering the Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) for high school students! The New York State MTSI is an intensive week long education camp for high school students who are involved in or would like to be a part of Mock Trial. MTSI is scheduled for July 17-22 at Silver Bay on Lake George. Continue reading “Last Call! NYSBA Mock Trial Summer Institute for HS Students”