A Kankakee Community College professor will go to Washington, D.C. in June and learn from lawyers, reporters and scholars of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kristine Condon, coordinator of the KCC Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies program, is one of just 60 teachers selected for the Supreme Court Summer Institute.
At the June 13-17 session, Condon will study U.S. Supreme Court cases in detail. Teaching methods related to the court also is on the docket. Participants in the Summer Institute will visit the Supreme Court and attend a reception there.
After the experience, participants will be available to present workshops on the U.S. Supreme Court, and to meet with media to discuss how the new skills and information will apply in their classrooms.
Kankakee Community College and Valencia College in Florida are the first community colleges nationwide to be involved. Typically, this is an event for K-12 faculty, but two slots per session were made available to community college faculty this year.
The Supreme Court Summer Institute is open to teachers in the field of law-related and civic education, and is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society Street Law, Inc. and Street Law, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. which provides practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human rights.
The KCC Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies program which Condon coordinates offers two options: a two-year associate degree for those who plan to immediately enter the workforce or to transfer into a four-year bachelor’s degree program and a one-year advanced certificate for those already holding a bachelor’s degree. Condon has been program coordinator since the program’s inception at KCC in 2002.
She is a doctoral candidate in community college leadership at National Louis University, has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and a master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Condon also holds two certificates from the Lawyer's Assistant Program at Roosevelt University in Chicago and previously worked as a deputy clerk for the Illinois Supreme Court and worked in the legal field for 15 years before becoming a full-time college professor.