September 19–22, 2016 | Location Philadelphia, PA | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

There are a limited number of scholarships available to qualified participants in the amount of tuition ($1,295) plus conference fee ($415). Please contact Rebecca Bluemer for more information at or 775.327.8269.

Join us as we trace the foundations of American jurisprudence and the development of American law from its revolutionary foundation to current times by analyzing select U.S. Supreme Court cases in their historic context. This course sets the stage for a thorough understanding of the historic basis for American law.  You will examine significant events in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that advanced or held in abeyance the tide of changing times.  The class includes a field trip to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Compare the characteristics of American jurisprudence as it developed under Marshall
  • Discuss how U.S. Civil War SCOTUS cases continue to impact American jurisprudence
  • Identify the cases that reflected major cultural shifts between WWI and WWII
  • List some social changes and related cases from the Warren Court years
  • Speculate on the lasting effect current (since 2001) SCOTUS cases will have on US history
You will examine significant historical points in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that both advanced, and held in abeyance, the tide of changing times.

Who should attend?

Judges interested in the foundational cases and historic turning points in the development of America’s judicial system should attend. Judges who must daily protect and preserve the basic and fundamental rights of our society will especially benefit from this program.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, legal historians, professors and experts who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in the history of today’s justice.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through informal lecture and class discussion. A field trip to an appropriate venue will enhance the learning environment.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By teaching judges the bases of fundamental rights this course enhances their abilities to adjudicate these issues, strengthens dedication to the U.S. system of justice, and dramatizes the role judges play in today’s judicial system.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

Hyatt at the Bellevue

The hotel for this course will be the Hyatt at the Bellevue. From the historic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the Museum of Art, you’ll find a wealth of attractions close to this Philadelphia hotel. Head to Reading Terminal Market to explore the nation’s oldest continually operating farmer’s market and sample the original Philly cheese steak.

The group room rate is $229 per night for single occupancy or $254 for double occupancy (plus applicable state and local taxes, currently 15.5%). This special rate will be available until August 19, 2016, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

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This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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