Free Judicial Institute for Secondary Teachers at the U.S. District Court in Seattle

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July 9-11, 2018

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.

Judges who hear the cases you read about in the news will be faculty along with long-term law-related education expert Margaret Fisher to help translate this content into lessons immediately usable in the classroom.

Eligible applicants:

Forty secondary school teachers teaching in any of 19 western counties of Washington* who did not participate in a prior Judicial Institute.

Dates and times:

Program starts at 8 a.m. on July 9 and ends on July 11 at 3 p.m. A group dinner is schedule for Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Judicial Institute Location:

U.S. District Court, 700 Stewart St., 19th floor, Seattle, WA 98101.

Clock hours:

22 clock hours pending from OSPI at no cost to teacher.


No registration fee, breakfasts and lunches provided on July 10-12, group dinner provided on July 11, parking is provided, and double occupancy hotel rooms provided for the nights of July 9, 10 and 11. If single occupancy is required, teachers are required to pay the additional cost for the half of the room (approximately $140 per night) plus tax and fees.


Rolling registration until 40 slots are filled.


Based on time of application and geographic diversity.

More information:

Margaret Fisher, Seattle University School of Law, or 206-501-7963.

Please apply early and send your completed application as soon as possible to:

Margaret E. Fisher Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Seattle University School of Law

P. O. Box 222000

Seattle, WA 98122

or send by email to:

Posted on January 27, 2018 .