Art Exhibit at the Courthouse: Students Discovering Justice at the Moakley

Through December, Moakley Courthouse staff and visitors can visit an art exhibit that highlights students participating in Discovering Justice civic education programs. 

The art display, a collection of ten photos, highlights students ages six to sixteen engaging in Discovering Justice programs. Middle school students from across the Commonwealth are pictured engaging in our Mock Trial and Mock Appeal Programs and students from Boston Public Schools, who use our Children Discovering Justice curriculum, are captured participating in Field Trips at the Moakley where they explore the question: What is Justice, and how can I use my voice to advocate for it?

The exhibit, located on the second floor at the Moakley, showcases photos by photographer Reba Saldanha and former Discovering Justice Fellow Megan Schneider.

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Discovering Justice Partnering with First Circuit Court and new Breyer Center

Discovering Justice is proud to announce a new partnership with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Court to bring more civic education programs to students in the First Circuit’s jurisdiction, which includes Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.

One of the cornerstones of the First Circuit’s work is the creation of The Stephen G. Breyer Community Learning Center on Courts and the Constitution. Currently under construction on the 9th Floor in the Moakley Courthouse, the Center will involve teachers and learners throughout the First Circuit to discover firsthand how the judicial system, the courts and the Constitution impact our lives.


Discovering Justice will partner with the First Circuit to help the Breyer Center serve as a vibrant learning space, engaging students, community members, judges, prominent speakers in the legal and education communities, members of the bar, and state, local and international court partners. 

“We are excited to partner with the First Circuit to offer civic engagement activities to learners of all ages and backgrounds through teacher training, field trips, speaker panels, mock trials and Courthouse tours,” said Discovering Justice Executive Director Matt Wilson.

The Breyer Center will include an exhibition space with permanent and rotating exhibitions, read-alongs and oral histories, interactive civics displays, and the presentation of First Circuit historical materials. The exhibition space is expected to open in the Fall of 2024. 

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Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.