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Federal Court Activities

Participate in court-community events and in trial simulations with judges, lawyers, and others.

  • Open Doors to Federal Courts
    High school students visit federal courts and get involved in realistic trials and jury deliberations.
  • Federal Courts and You
    In this activity, participants will learn about by the Judiciary Act of 1789 and how the federal court system impacts law-abiding citizens. Three activity options stimulate critical thinking, insight, and discussion about the federal court system and the role of federal judges.
  • Supreme Court Activity
    In this activity, students do a simulation of a Supreme Court deliberation that introduces them to the difficult role of the courts balancing individual rights and public safety when national security is threatened.
  • Nomination Process
    Learn what it takes to become a federal judge or a Supreme Court justice. This activity explores the qualifications and confirmation process for federal judges and Supreme Court justices.
  • Civil Trial: Texting While Driving
    This activity is based on a civil suit arising from a car crash that may have been caused by texting while driving.
  • Teens and Bankruptcy Court
    This video and a collection of vignettes teach teens basic financial literacy skills.
  • Mock Trial of William Penn
    This scripted trial deals with habeas corpus and jury nullification.
  • Brown v. Board of Education Re-enactment
    A fresh approach to this landmark case is a scripted reenactment in which historic figures speak.
  • Mendez v. Westminster Re-enactment
    In 1946 federal courts decided Mendez v. Westminster. The ruling established equal access to public schools for nine-year-old Sylvia Mendez and generations of Hispanic and other children.