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Application deadline extended to August for 2020 Justices Teaching Institute Thursday, April 23, 2020

North Dakota Justices Teaching Institute:
“The Constitution and Judicial Decision-Making,”
October 22-23, 2020, North Dakota Supreme Court

The deadline for secondary history, government and social studies teachers to apply to the 2020 North Dakota Justices Institute is extended until Aug. 15.

The North Dakota Supreme Court offers this public outreach program to foster a better civic understanding of the role of the courts, how they work, and how judges make decisions.  The Institute enables teachers to teach others with confidence about the nature, history, structure, function, and processes of the courts and the legal system.

The Institute is facilitated by the Justices of the North Dakota Supreme Courts, the Honorable Jon J. Jensen, the Honorable Gerald W. VandeWalle, the Honorable Daniel J. Crothers, the Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers, and the Honorable Jerod Tufte.

With Supreme Court justices as their guides through the day-and-a-half program the teachers will explore the judicial system and the criminal court process in the context of preparing for the Institute's final application – a mock oral argument. The teachers will serve as justices and decide a Fourth Amendment constitutional question.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 22-23, 2020 at the State Capitol Building in Bismarck.

The application form is available on the court’s website at

For more information, contact Lee Ann Barnhardt, Director of Education, at