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  • November 23, 2018. The New York Times covered our soon-to-open Learning Center. Read more about it and our program here: "New York City High Schoolers Get Their Day in Court."


  • September 27, 2018. Watch 63 new citizens from 24 countries take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at the historic Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, New York.


  • September 17, 2018. Naturalization ceremonies were held throughout the Second Circuit at various sites in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Click here to read more.


  • September 4, 2018. Justice For All: Courts and the Community continues to pave the path by inspiring judges around the nation to form their own civics-based programs to engage with the communities they serve. Read more here.


  • August 4, 2018. Click here to read the 2018 JFA Annual Report.


  • July 9-13, 2018, The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in partnership with the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the Federal Litigation Section of the FBA, and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, hosted the Third Annual Eastern District of New York JusticeInstitute at the Alfonse D’Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Read more here.


  • June 8, 2018, high school students traveled from Scotland to compete in a mock trial competition against William Cullen Bryant High School at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in Manhattan. Co-presiding over the mock trial were the Right Honorable Lady Leeona Dorrian, the Justice Lord Clerk of Scotland, and the Honorable P. Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York. The competition was a joint effort between Justice For All: Courts and the Community and the Justice Resource Center.


  • May 8, 2018, several courts participated in Law Day 2018. For a recap of the Law Day events, please read two New York Law Journal articles, Law Day Celebration and Federal, NY State Courts Celebrate Law Day.


  • May 8, 2018, the Eastern District of New York hosted a group of middle school students at the Theodore Roosevelt United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. Students visited a courtroom to view STAR (Supervision Treatment and Re-entry) Court proceedings with Eastern District of New York Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry, developed new advocacy skills by acting out a Cinderella mock trial, and delivered oral arguments on the pros and cons of school uniforms. The students' court visit culminated with presentations and demonstrations by a Deputy United States Marshal and a Court Reporter. The visit was coordinated by the Eastern District of New York's Probation Office.


  • March 6, 2018, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York hosted the 26th Annual Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. 23 federal judges from around the country participated, including all Eastern District of New York bankruptcy court judges, as well as students from various law schools. The competition began at St. John's University and concluded with the final rounds held at the historic Conrad B. Duberstein United States Courthouse located in Brooklyn, New York.


  • April 30, 2018, Justice For All: Courts and the Community announced it's plans to participate in the Law Day 2018 celebration. Please see our Press Release to learn more.


  • April 17, 2018 is Tax Day. Have you ever wondered about the history of taxes in the United States? The Constitution Center's "Story of Tax Day" episode of Constitution Hall Pass, explains how Alexander Hamilton came up with a plan to create a national bank, how the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and where those tax dollars go today.


  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, members of the Judiciary and the community will re-enact the Susan B. Anthony Trial.  The re-enactment is in collaboration with the District Court of the Northern District of New York and the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit the NDNY Federal Court Bar Association's website.


  • February 12th & 14th, 2017. The United States District Court of the District of Connecticut in conjunction with Civics First CT, hosted the Quarter Final Round and Semi-Final Round of the Civics First High School Mock Trials at the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building. Presiding over the Quarter Final Round were United States District Judges Vanessa L. Bryant and Michael P. Shea and State of Connecticut Appellate Court Judge Michael R. Sheldon and Windham District Superior Court Judge Hope Seeley. Presiding over the Semi-Final Round were United States District Judge Warren G. Eginton and United States Bankruptcy Judge James Tancredi.

    Learn more about the Civics First Mock Trial Competitions.


  • 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.

    In association with The First Amendment Salons of the Floyd Abrams Institute of Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School, and the Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, the case was dramatized by Floyd Abrams, Senior Counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindell, and Kathleen M. Sullivan, Partner at Quinn Emanuel. The arguments were heard by a panel of three Second Circuit judges: the Honorable Reena Raggi, Pierre N. Leval, and Robert D. Sack

    To learn more about the the reenactment, please read Professor Thomas Healy's short article.

    Watch the entire reenactment here.

    About the Case
    During World War I, Congress enacted the Espionage Act to prevent insubordination in the military, and to prevent support of U.S. enemies during wartime. Under the new law, the U.S. Post Office banned from mail distribution a magazine called Masses, which was highly critical of the war. U.S. District Court Judge Learned Hand ruled in the magazine's favor, finding that the Post Office did not have the right to prevent distribution of the magazine. However, the Second Circuit overturned that decision, holding that the magazine's tacit encouragement of disloyalty to American interests was illegal under the law.


  • September 18, 2017. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2017. Click here for more information.


  • June 2017. Annual Report. Click here to view the brochure.


  • On March 7, 2017, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann appeared on the Charlie Rose program as part of a panel discussion on civic education. Click here to view the program. 


  • On February 11, 2017, C-SPAN posted a recording of the December 14, 2016 Second Circuit 125th Anniversary Program "Reflections on Thurgood Marshall: His Jurisprudential Influence on His Law Clerks and the Legal Profession." Click here to view. 


  • On January 16, 2017, fifth-graders from Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School participated in a mock trial at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. Read the Wall Street Journal article titled "Lehman Bankruptcy Judge Holds Court in Mock Trial." (Password req'd).


  • Read the New York Times article on our initiative titled "Teaching Students That Judge Judy Is Not A Supreme Court Justice."



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