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Teachers Participate in Justices Teaching Institute

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Teachers become students...

History, government, and social studies teachers from across the state gather at the capitol to participate in the Fifth North Dakota Justices Teaching Institute.

The program began in 2007 to address the need for more civic education about the role of courts in our three branch government.

Teachers learn how the courts work and how they arrive at their decisions.

This year, 18 teachers get the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an appellate judge by participating in a mock court case.

"We always try to choose a case that we think the teachers can take back to their classrooms and that would be interesting to students. So this particular case involves whether or not law enforcement can search an iphone or a smartphone when they lawfully arrest a person," says Mary Maring, Supreme Court Justice, North Dakota.

Justice Maring says every year, the teachers work a case involving the Fourth or Fifth Amendment because these are the ones students tend to be more interested in.

She says they always receive excellent reviews back from the teachers who attend.

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