Over the summer, Court-watchers speculated whether Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. would extend into the new Term the temporary emergency format implemented at the end of the 2019 Term and during the 2020 Term of conducting oral arguments by phone during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This teacher professional development institute brings a select group of high school social studies teachers to Washington, DC, for an immersive six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.
As the month of May marks a year since the Supreme Court made the switch to hearing cases argued by telephone due to the pandemic, PBS NEWSHOUR produced a segment on this temporary new format. SCHS’s Clare Cushman was interviewed about the history of oral argument.
When the press revealed his earlier membership in the Klan, did newly-appointed Justice Hugo L. Black choose  a Catholic stenographer, a Catholic/Black messenger, and a Jewish law clerk to staff his Chambers to counter charges of racism and religious intolerance?


For the Inaugural Constitution Day Lecture, Professor Sam Erman explored the story of Puerto Rico and the Constitution following the U.S annexation of the islands in 1898.

The lecture is inspired by her newly published book, Making Minimum Wage: Elsie Parrish v. The West Coast Hotel Company.

Join Farah Peterson and Mark Killenbeck for a fascinating conversation on the 1821 term as the Supreme Court begins its October 2021 Term.

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