The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in collaboration with the Seattle University School of Law is offering secondary school teachers a unique opportunity to learn about the U.S. Constitution, federal judiciary, and issues of civil rights, federal-state courts, and federal criminal law. The institute is highly interactive.
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler will contrast how state courts differ from federal courts. This year the program features Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines School District, 1969, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school students do not shed their free speech rights at the school house door.
“Not only did I gain ideas that will be useful for a classroom, I learned new things every day to help myself be a better citizen.”