Discovering Justice offers innovative in-school, afterschool, and courthouse field trip programs that teach elementary and middle school students about the justice system, the role of law in a democratic society, and the fundamental importance of good citizenship. To learn about our mission and history, visit About Us. For details on specific programs, please visit Our Programs.
Discovering Justice is based in Boston. Our main office is located in the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse on the waterfront, on Fan Pier in South Boston. Our mailing address is Discovering Justice, Moakley U.S. Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, Suite 3120, Boston, MA 02210.
Discovering Justice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We receive some funding from private foundations and corporations, but we mostly rely on civic-minded individuals like you to keep our work going! Please click here to donate to Discovering Justice!
Discovering Justice primarily serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Courthouse Tours are open to members of the public of all ages.
Discovering Justice is a Boston-based organization with programs currently in Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lawrence, Lowell, Milton, New Bedford, Watertown, and Worcester. Any group or organization can come in for a Courthouse Tour. We are always expanding, and welcome inquiries about working with new organizations and school districts.
Yes. Several of our programs have been adapted for students with disabilities. If you are bringing a group to the courthouse and a student or adult has a disability, please let us know in advance to ensure that appropriate accommodations are made.
Schedules vary by program. Field trips are scheduled during the school day, and afterschool programs are, of course, held after school! Public events are generally held in the evening. If you would like to see a Discovering Justice program in action, check out our Events page!
Stand Up for Your Rights is a ten week afterschool program for middle school students. In Stand Up for Your Rights, attorneys help students prepare appellate arguments to present before real judges, teaching students about the justice system and the First Amendment (freedom of speech) or Fourth Amendment (search and seizure clause). Discovering the Bill of Rights is a ninety minute courthouse field trip in which students study a case involving the First or Fourth Amendment and then prepare and deliver an appellate argument.
We offer field trips Tuesday – Friday.
Teachers: For Discovering the Bill of Rights, contact MJ Bastien at email@example.com or 617.748.9641; for Children Discovering Justice field trips, contact Johnny Sadoff at [email protected] or 617.748.9639.
Parents: Field trips are scheduled through schools, so tell your child’s teacher to check out Discovering Justice!
Please note that Children Discovering Justice field trips are reserved for schools enrolled in the Children Discovering Justice program.
Principals and district administrators generally make the decision to implement the Children Discovering Justice curriculum. If you would like more information to share with your principal or district administrators, please contact Jan Shafer at [email protected] or 617.748.4184.
The Moakley U.S. Courthouse is accessible via public transportation by taking the Silver Line to the Courthouse Way stop.
Some of our education programs include bus transportation. Contact the Discovering Justice office at [email protected] or 617.748.4185 for more information.
There is a cafeteria at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse, open for breakfast and lunch.
Unfortunately, judges have very busy schedules, so Discovering Justice cannot arrange for a judge to speak with every group that visits. However, judges do sometimes participate in our programs.