Through a partnership with Bard High School Early College, a public school with campuses in Manhattan and Queens and operated in partnership with Bard College, we helped Bard develop its Writing and Thinking Workshop 2010 on the theme of Justice. The accompanying Writing and Thinking Anthology: Justice is available here. Topics covered in the anthology are Foundations; Bioethics; Sports & Games; Economic Justice; Intellectual Property, Copyright & Fair Use; and Dilemmas: Equality, Religious Freedom, Criminal Justice & Immigration. These resources formed the basis of a week-long unit in which all the students at BHSEC examined the meaning of justice and the role of the courts in our society. In addition to classroom work, students had the opportunity to visit working courtrooms and speak to judges and lawyers on the judicial process.

As part of this year-long project on justice, Bard also developed several curricula on issues of justice and the law which were taught to 16 and 17 year olds in college classes in political science and literature. These syllabi, Equality and American Democracy and Contemporary Literature: Books and the Market are available here and offer students the opportunity to engage with legal issues in a seminar setting that encourages serious debate. In support of this curriculum, the Society plans to continue to connect students with judges, lawyers, and courtrooms.

As our relationship with Bard continues we plan to expand the library of resources for this initiative. In 2012/2013 school year, a new version of the Justice Anthology is being used at Bard High School Early College Newark. This new anthology be available soon.

Writing and Thinking Anthology: Justice [PDF]
Equality and American Democracy [PDF]
Contemporary Literature: Books and the Market [PDF]
Contemporary Literature: Books and the Market—Course Materials [PDF]
Bard High School Early College

Here is a video produced during the 2010 workshop featuring students who participated in the program.

2010 BHSEC Class Video

NYS Community College Resources

At present, all resources appear in Garfinkel Essay Contest in the Academic Center. There you will find materials developed for our annual essay contest open exclusively to NYS community college students on various topics of NYS legal history as well as winning essays. We plan to develop additional materials for this section in the future.

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