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
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 past 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 1,200 educators from almost every state.
About Street Law, Inc.
Street Law, Inc. is a global, nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization with more than 45 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
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.