IIT Chicago-Kent and CRFC provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about the role of the Supreme Court in American Democracy

Area high school students to spend "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" April 12

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) will host "A Day at the U.S. Supreme Court" on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the law school's Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets), in Chicago.

The program will bring students from eight area high schools together with law professors, former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, legal experts, and law students to learn about the significance of the Court and its decisions to our democratic society. The program will place special focus on the gay marriage cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, which are to be decided by the justices later this year.

Speakers will include Nisan Chavkin of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Professor Jerry Goldman of IIT Chicago-Kent's Oyez Project, Dee Runaas of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Michael Scodro of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Carolyn Shapiro of ISCOTUS. 

The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) was founded in 1974. Its mission is to strengthen American democracy by providing elementary and secondary students with hands-on learning about the Constitution to prepare them for informed civic engagement.

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is celebrating "125 years of distinctive legal education." IIT Chicago-Kent is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. Established in 2011, the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States combines the law school's core strengths: cutting-edge legal scholarship and technological innovation. Its Oyez Project leverages information technology to make materials related to the U.S. Supreme Court instantly accessible around the world.

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