Justice news items

2010 Conference of Chief Justices

MAY 17, 2010

Justice O'Connor will be addressing the Conference of Chief Justices about iCivics on July 26, 2010

Civics 101: The Supreme Court vs. American Idol

APRIL 13, 2010

Former Justice O'Connor often points out that only 1 in 7 Americans knows that John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, yet two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on “American Idol”. Mary Kate Cary, author of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, who, in a recent article, expressed shock at this and other civics education facts, but apparently found hope in the old Our Courts site, where she saw firsthand the ways in which it was engaging students. 

O'Connor on the Court

APRIL 10, 2010

A recent New York Times article discussed former Justice O'Connor's remarks at a lunch attended by its author, Charles M. Blow, covering the importance of diversity in our court system, solicitor general Elena Kagan, and, of course, Our Courts/iCivics. 

A Civics Website That Engages

MARCH 29, 2010

John Hanke thought the old Our Courts site was "so cool, [he needed] to tell the world about it," and he did - in an article at Westlaw Insider. Wait till he sees iCivics!

Retired Justice Still Gives Opinions

MARCH 09, 2010

“Do a darn good job and be fair and honest,” retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said during a talk in Greensboro in March.  The event was held at Elon Law School. You can read more about it in Jonelle Davis' article for the Greensboro News & Record.

Courting Kids - An Interview with Sandra Day O’Connor

MARCH 01, 2010

Sandra Day O'Connor spoke with NEA Today about why "another boring textbook" is not the answer to America's problems with civics education. Give the interview a read at the NEA website.