February 2018

Street Law Teacher Workshop

On February 12-13, the Courts, along with a number of other sponsors, hosted a Street Law Teacher Workshop at the Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis.
Street Law has offered high quality professional development workshops to teachers for more than two decades. The flagship program is a six-day institute in Washington D.C. each summer that brings teachers together from across the country to learn about the Supreme Court. With local support, Street Law was able to bring the workshop to 35 Missouri and Illinois teachers who might not otherwise have been able to attend. The two-day intensive workshop was held at the Eagleton Courthouse and jointly sponsored by the U.S. District Court, the Judicial Learning Center, the Federal Practice Memorial Trust, the Missouri Bar Office of Citizenship Education, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. The 2018 program was the third annual Street Law event held in St. Louis.
Participating speakers included U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig, U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White, Assistant Federal Public Defender Robert Wolfrum, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gwendolyn Carroll. Over the course of two days, the teachers learned content and related classroom activities dealing with structure and function of the U.S. Courts, constitutional controversies, and landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases. The workshop culminated in an interactive moot court during which the teachers act as justices and attorneys and learn how to re-create a moot court with their students.
One of the highlights of the program was the teacher luncheon on day 1. Invited to have informal conversations over lunch were former appellate and U.S. Supreme Court clerks. A total of seven local attorneys participated in the luncheon, including Michael Gans, Clerk of the Eighth Circuit, and Julie Tang, Eighth Circuit Staff Attorney, as well as several other former Eighth Circuit law clerks.