The Judith S. Kaye Fellowship is the most recent partnership between the Historical Society of the New York Courts and Bard High School Early College. The fellowship was established to fund a visiting scholar or faculty member to develop and teach a semester long, three-credit college elective on the subjects of Justice and the Courts, Legal History in New York State, New York State Constitutional Law, or other topics broadly related to the role of the courts in establishing and maintaining democracy in the United States and New York State. It honors the founder of the Society, former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.

As a part of the Historical Society of the New York Courts’ education initiatives, course materials are made available online for use as educators’ resources. BHSEC’s diverse student body is able to open a new discipline of study and inquiry which results in more educated citizens with a better understanding of the role of the courts in New York and the United States.

Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, & the Empire State
Created by Dr. Julia Rose Kraut

This course focuses on the legal history of civil rights and liberties in the United States as well as the role of New York and its courts in shaping these rights. Through examination of the evolution of legislation and influence of court decisions, students gain a greater understanding of how laws and the people behind them affect American history and pave the way for the nation’s current freedoms, protections, and challenges. Students investigate the struggle for freedom, equality, and protection through activism, legislation, and litigation while learning to read and brief court cases and place them in their historical context.

Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, & the Empire State High School Curriculum
Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, & the Empire State Middle School Curriculum

Julia is the inaugural Judith S. Kaye Teaching Fellow and taught “Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Empire State” on the BHSEC Manhattan and Queens campuses in fall of 2016 and spring of 2017, respectively. She also taught an adapted version to eighth graders at George Jackson Academy. She is a legal historian living in New York City and earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her Ph.D. in History from New York University. Julia is currently writing a book on the history of ideological exclusion and deportation in the United States, which is under contract to Harvard University Press.

Read more about Julia's experiences as the first Judith S. Kaye Teaching Fellow on our blog here and here!

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