Supreme Court Justice Inspires Whitman Students

US District Court Summer Justice Institute participants left to right seated: Daljeet Cheema, Mary Teresky, Iza Choudrey and Umema Siddiqui. Standing left to right: Social Studies Chairperson Dr. Corcoran, Social Studies and Student Court teacher Mrs. Cymbalista, and Principal Murphy.
US District Court Summer Justice Institute participants left to right seated: Daljeet Cheema, Mary Teresky, Iza Choudrey and Umema Siddiqui. Standing left to right: Social Studies Chairperson Dr. Corcoran, Social Studies and Student Court teacher Mrs. Cymbalista, and Principal Murphy.

The Justice Institute on Long Island is taking the concept of summer camp into the federal courthouse, imparting civics education and advocacy skills that prepare students for college, career, and civic engagement.

The program was run by the Federal Court in partnership with the Touro Law Center and the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  Open to those completing the 9th grade, participants heard from federal judges, FBI agents, Deputy U.S. Marshals, federal prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. They observed court proceedings in the federal courthouse including a Naturalization Ceremony.  Students also heard from experienced lawyers about advocacy and, with the assistance of law students, participated in a mock trial competition at the conclusion of the Institute.  This past summer, participants were also privileged to hear a presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.