Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of ABOTA Hosts Mock Trial Workshop with the National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, PA - The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), in partnership with the National Constitution Center, hosted a full-day educator seminar for teachers of all grade levels on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.  The programs focused on landmark cases that have shaped citizens’ privacy rights and how these cases can be taught in the classroom through mock trial. Teachers and students participated in the program.

Guest scholar Francis Graham Lee, Professor of Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University, lectured on privacy rights in the Constitution and landmark Supreme Court Cases. Professor Lee discussed the fourth and fourteenth amendments, and focused on the question, “What is a ‘reasonable search’?”

The second half of the program included mock trial instruction led by Carl Ackerman, James Madison Fellow and mock trial coach at Constitution High School.  Students engaged in a mock trial and teachers were provided with instruction and materials for putting together successful mock trials in their classrooms.

“We are delighted to continue our work with the National Constitution Center  to promote constitutional scholarship and the importance of  our right to a jury trial,” said Dan Ryan, National Board Member of ABOTA,  “These programs serve as a tremendous resource for teachers in their classrooms.”

ABOTA is a founding contributor to the National Constitution Center.

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