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Student Free Speech Program

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ceremonial Courtroom, 6th Floor 333 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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On December 14 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit will present a program on the free speech rights of students in order to introduce District of Columbia high school students to the federal court system and the role of judges in our system of governmental checks and balances.

The program will take place in the ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, at 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor.

The students will watch a reenactment of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, addressing the free speech rights of high school students. Experienced attorneys will argue before three distinguished federal judges: The Honorable Judge David Tatel and Sri Srinivasan, who sit on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who sits on U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The students will then participate in a group activity about student free speech, and engage in a question-and-answer session with the judges.

If you have any questions, or would like to secure a place for your students to attend this exciting program, contact Andrea Ferster at aferster@railstotrails.org or (202) 974-5142.

Later Event: December 14
Curriculum Focus Group