The federal judiciary is one of the three branches of the national government. It seeks to provide the fair and effective administration of justice for all persons and interests, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or status. Federal courts and their state court counterparts provide a means for settling disputes peacefully, and help to foster democratic governance, consistent with the Constitution's goals of "justice" and "domestic tranquility." Those who founded our government recognized the critical importance of an independent national judiciary with a limited but essential role.



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On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit celebrated the 100th anniversary of its landmark case, Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten, 245 F. 102 (2d Cir. 1917), with an historical reenactment at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse. Click here to read more.

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Learning Centers

Physical and virtual learning centers that will cater to visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of knowledge regarding the federal judicial system, to be used by everyone from local students to foreign dignitaries.



Courthouse Visits

Programs featuring courthouse tours, presentations about the architecture and history of ourcourthouses, and presentations by judges and staff about the federal courts, including their probation and pre-trial services departments, and also partners, including the U.S. Marshal Service, U.S. Attorney's Office, and Federal Defenders.

Civic Education

Collaborating with the Justice Resource Center and New York City Department of Education to enhance education regarding the role of courts in civic life, as well as law-focused courses for high school students, professional development programs for teachers, and the general social studies curriculum for NYC public high school students. Outside NYC, collaborating with bar and law firm mentorship, moot appellate court and mock trial programs for high school students.

Student Contests

Moot appellate court, mock trial, and essay contests developed circuit-wide for middle and high school students, including advocacy programs at the Central Islip courthouse and a mentor moot court competition program in Nassau County.

Reenactments - Historic Courtroom Theater

Reenactments of historic court cases. These are a means of educating the public about important historic cases that are still of significance today. We provide a mechanism for teachers, students, lawyers, and other members of the public to learn about these cases and obtain materials for presenting the reenactments.

Civic Ceremonies

Programs for Law Day and Constitution Day celebrations, including naturalization program for Constitution Day.


Coordinating community speaking events for judges, professors, lawyers, and scholars about the legal profession and the work of the courts.

Adult Education

Developing financial education programs on consumer bankruptcy and consumer credit, including expanding the Credit Abuse Resistance Educaton (CARE) program and forming panels of lawyer educators to partner with judges for presentations on financial literacy at a wide variety of locations and organizations.

* Photos above: (2 & 3) Students from Tottenville High School attend a library and research seminar, Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, October 18, 2016 (4) Students from Brownsville Collegiate Charter School perform a reenactment of The Amistad case at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan, June 16, 2016

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