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Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

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About Landmark Cases

Street Law, Inc. developed landmarkcases.org 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 global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of experience developing classroom and community programs that educate young people about law and government. Street Law programs and materials help advance justice by empowering people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others

Street Law lessons use interactive, student-centered methods to teach substantive information about law and government, while building important civic skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, advocacy, and conflict-resolution skills.

Many Street Law programs partner volunteers from the legal community with educators to deliver lessons. These volunteers include police officers, judges, law students from more than 100 law schools worldwide, and legal staff from more than 50 major corporations and law firms. These “community resource people” bring the law to life through real-world examples and experiences and give students the opportunity to consider possible careers in law, law enforcement, and government.

Street Law staff and consultants are global leaders in civic education with unmatched experience in curricula creation, program design, customized technical support, and professional development for educators. Their expertise is available to school districts, law schools, corporations, law firms, juvenile justice system settings, community- based organizations, and others wishing to educate young people about law and government.