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Trials and Errors: Trying the Lincoln Conspirators and 9/11 Suspects in U.S. Military Courts

A Professional Development Workshop for teachers, grades 6 - 12.

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Grant Hall, Fort McNair

What is the difference between an enemy combatant and a terrorist? How are military and civilian courts different? Investigate these questions and more with educators from Street Law, the National Defense University and Ford’s Theatre in an interactive workshop for teachers. Learn the story of the Lincoln conspirators’ trial in the courtroom where it happened. Participate in a moot court of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the 2006 case of Osama Bin Laden’s driver who was tried by a U.S. Military commission. Learn how to build important civic skills in your students like critical analysis and strategic thinking. Draw connections between past and present through the lens of Constitutional Law and the U.S. Justice System.

The workshop will take place in-person at the historic Grant Hall Courtroom, the site of the military tribunal of those thought responsible for the plot to Assassinate President Lincoln. Grant Hall is on the grounds of Fort McNair, an active military base in Southwest Washington. The third floor courtroom is only accessible by walking up two flights of stairs. Due to the historical nature of the structure, the building has no elevator.

Participants in this workshop must request their own Visitor’s Day Pass (Jump Link to bottom of page, under the webform) for access to Fort McNair.*

Masks are required at all times while inside Grant Hall and on the grounds of Fort McNair.

Participants in this workshop will be eligible for three contact hours of professional development. Letters of certification will be available upon request.

Our Partners:
Street Law, Inc. advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.

National Defense University educates joint warfighters and other national security leaders in critical thinking and the creative application of military power to inform national strategy and globally integrated operations, under conditions of disruptive change, in order to prevail in war, peace, and competition.

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* Requesting a Visitor Day Pass to Fort McNair

Visitors may request a day pass online at:

This pass may be requested 4 to 5 working days in advance of the visit to the base. The applicant's information is run through a criminal background check at this time. Once approved, a copy of the pass is emailed directly to the individual who requested it. Show the pass along with a legal ID, such as a Real ID Driver's License or a passport. Each visitor MUST present both the pass and a Federally issued ID to enter the base.

Fort McNair Visitor Control Center
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(202) 685-7762

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