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iCivics  
Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this.

The Massachusetts Court System

www.mass.gov/courts
Massachusetts Judicial Branch website. Includes links to the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the trial courts. 

www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/sjc/about/reporter-of-decisions/
Site of the Office of the Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court.

http://www.socialaw.com/
Social Law Library website. Includes links to Massachusetts court opinions and legal research tools.

www.suffolk.edu/sjc
Suffolk University Law School, in cooperation with the Supreme Judicial Court, is broadcasting Supreme Judicial Court oral arguments online. A two-month schedule of cases is posted at http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/

Massachusetts State Government

www.mass.gov
Home page of Massachusetts state government containing links to the Governor's office and the General Court (Legislature).

www.sec.state.ma.us/trs/trsdor/doridx.htm
Site of Doric Dames, Inc., a non-political, non-profit organization that provides information about and tours of the historic Bulfinch State House.

The Massachusetts Constitution

www.mass.gov/legis/const.htm
Text of the Massachusetts Constitution.

The Massachusetts Jury System

www.mass.gov/courts/jury-info/
Site provides information about the history, mission, functions and operations of the Massachusetts jury system.

John Adams

www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/adams/index.html
A website established in conjunction with the American Experience's two-hour documentary about John and Abigail Adams (first broadcast on January 23, 2006). This website includes maps, timelines, excerpts from letters, and more.

www.masshist.org
The Massachusetts Historical Society has many of Adams's papers and correspondence available online.

www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/presiden/adamspap.htm
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School has numerous historical documents online. The above cite references papers from Adams's presidency.

www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.html
Accounts, maps, photos, transcripts and excerpts from historic trials, including the Boston Massacre. 

The Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/separationofpowers.htm
A section of Professor Douglas Linder's website on exploring constitutional conflicts. This section explores when the actions of one branch of the federal government unconstitutionally intrude upon the powers of another branch. If the above link does not open, go to the following page and select exploring constitutional law, and scroll down to separation of powers. http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/linder.htm 

http://www.constitutioncenter.org/explore/BasicGoverningPrinciples/
This site, part of the National Constitution Center, contains a lesson on separation of powers and checks and balances.

http://www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/00-1/lesson0014.shtml
From Education World. A lesson plan on separation of powers and checks and balances

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/separation-powers/
A lesson from the National Archives on the Separation of Powers with emphasis on The New Deal.

The Massachusetts Constitution and Slavery

http://www.masshist.org/longroad/index.htm
This online exhibit, a project of the Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, traces the African-American experience in the Massachusetts courts.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/slavery.asp
The Avalon Project at Yale University includes United States statutes concerning slavery.

http://www.nps.gov/boaf/
National Park Service site that includes information on Mumbet and Quock Walker

www.mumbet.com
Site dedicated to Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman.

www.slavenorth.com/massemancip.htm
Site contains information on slavery in the north, with reference to the Quock Walker case.

The United States Judiciary and Constitution

www.uscourts.gov
Home page of the United States Judiciary. Contains links to federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

www.supremecourtus.gov
Official site of the United States Supreme Court.

www.archives.gov
Home page of the National Archives.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/constpap.asp
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School has an online, chronological collection of documents relating to the drafting and ratification of the United States Constitution.

http://www.uscourts.gov/outreach/resources/constitutionday.html
Site promotes annual celebration of Constitution Day (September 17.)

www.constitutioncenter.org
This national museum, which opened in Philadelphia on July 4, 2003, has an excellent website. It includes relevant history, current cases, special exhibits, and educational resources.

www.landmarkcases.org
Resource and other materials on fifteen of the most important United States Supreme Court cases. This site is jointly created by the United States Supreme Court and Street Law. Street Law is a practical law curriculum started at Georgetown University Law School; currently, approximately 70 law schools use Street Law programs to teach law in high schools and other community settings.

http://www.aboutgovernment.org/
Portal site for exploring web-based information about the federal government.

For Kids

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Ben (Franklin)'s Guide to US Government for Kids.

Law-related Education (Many sites provide excellent lesson plans and other educational materials.)

www.civiced.org
The Center for Civic Education has several excellent instructional programs. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution offers free curricular materials (and teacher training institutes) on the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Different materials are available for elementary, middle, and high school students.

www.discoveringjustice.org 
Discovering Justice is a recognized leader in civic education dedicated to preparing young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility by connecting classrooms and courtrooms. Discovering Justice places a special emphasis on the needs of children, particularly those from underserved communities.

www.streetlaw.org
The home page of Street Law, a program dedicated to providing legal education in schools and other community settings.

www.abanet.org/publiced/home.html
Public education resources provided by the American Bar Association.

www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.html
This site, created by Professor Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School, contains extensive resource materials on many famous trials, including the Salem Witchcraft trials, the Boston Massacre trial, the Amistad trial, the Sacco-Vanzetti trials, and others.