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Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

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About Landmark Cases

Street Law, Inc. developed in 2002, with funding from the Supreme Court Historical Society to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases.

About the Supreme Court Historical Society

The Supreme Court Historical Society, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974, it was founded by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, who served as its first honorary chairman.

The Society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs, supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials, and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court's history. These activities and others increase the public's awareness of the Court's contributions to our nation's rich constitutional heritage.

The Society and Street Law, Inc. offer the Supreme Court Summer Institute for secondary school teachers. The Institute improves the level of instruction on the judicial system at the secondary school level, reaching students while they are developing an awareness of their rights and duties as citizens. Teachers observe the Court in session, review actual cases under consideration, and hear lectures by experts on the Court. The teachers then produce lesson plans for classroom instruction and train other teachers in techniques for incorporating the Court into the social studies curriculum.  In recent years, the Society and Street Law have collaborated to bring Regional Supreme Court Seminars to teachers in Atlanta, New York, St. Louis, and the District of Columbia.  Combined, the Supreme Court Institutes and Seminars have trained more 1,000 educators from almost every state.

About Street Law, Inc. 

Street Law, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights.  Through its philosophy and programs, people are empowered to transform democratic ideals into citizen action.  Street Law provides resources and solutions for teachers and educators; lawyers, law students, and judges; law enforcement officers/school resource officers; juvenile justice professionals; government agencies; and more.

Street Law began in 1972, when a small group of Georgetown University Law Center students developed an experimental curriculum designed to teach District of Columbia high school students about practical aspects of the law and the legal system. The curriculum evolved from a loose-leaf binder of lessons to a unique textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law - currently in its 8th edition and the nation's leading high school law text.

Since 1986, Street Law has brought its mission and expertise in curriculum writing and program and professional development to democratizing nations around the world. We have established programs and developed materials in more than 30 countries.  Over the years, Street Law, Inc. grew from a local program into a national and international entity, expanding its programs to include new content and skill areas. Street Law has developed dozens of publications and programs on practical law, crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy for use in school systems, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings.