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Summer Teacher Institute 2023

Tuesday, July 20, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
At the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis

60 Years of Gideon v. Wainwright. This summer’s FREE event will be held at the federal courthouse in St. Louis and will contain fresh content, activities, and speakers. You will earn professional development hours and walk away with new insight along with resources and strategies to use with students when teaching about our nation’s legal system, with a focus on the right to counsel.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit:

Online Resources for Students and Teachers

NEW! Click HERE for a new video unit “Comparing State and Federal Courts.” This collection of materials was created through a partnership between the District Court, the Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis, the Civic Education Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri, and the Department of Citizenship Education of the Missouri Bar.

NEW! Click HERE for a collection of online resources for teaching and learning about the judicial branch, which we hope will be helpful during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

Please visit for learning resources and activities on the judicial branch. The site features content-rich areas for students, teachers, and the public. The Student Center helps learners of all ages explore the judicial branch of government, and test their new knowledge with interactive Student Challenges. The Educator Center provides a variety of resources for teachers of civics, government, and history. There are simple, printer-ready resources and in-depth lesson plans available to correspond with each topic section.

Judicial Speakers Bureau

The judges of the U.S. District Court are available to speak off-site by request CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Field Trip Opportunities

  • To learn more about visiting the courthouses, click here.
  • To learn more about participating in our special events and programs, click here
  • Also, for visits to the Eagleton Courthouse, grant funding is available through a local non-profit, to cover the cost of transportation. An application can be found here. There is no cost for the courthouse tour program.

Educational Resources