We’ve designated free time on Friday afternoon (1:00-5:00 p.m.) to explore Washington, D.C. or just relax! There are plenty of landmarks, sites, and museums to explore for free within walking distance of the hotel. Three organized tours are also available – find details and registration below. Note: If you are bringing a guest, please register them separately.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
In the Museum’s Law, Justice, and the Holocaust program, participants seek to critically examine the pressures faced by German jurists under the Nazis. Using legal decrees, judicial opinions, and case law of the period, they study the role of judges in the destruction of democracy and the establishment of the Nazi German state. This close scrutiny of the past provides a framework for a debate on the role of the judiciary in the United States today: What is the responsibility of judges to the legal system as a whole? What have been the challenges to a fair and impartial administration of justice in the United States today? What can judges do to ensure that the kinds of failures that led to the Holocaust do not happen here?
1400 Constitution Ave NW
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this nation. It was established in December 2003 and opened in September 2016 in a ceremony led by President Barack Obama.
ADDED BONUS! – After the conclusion of the Capitol building tour, you will have an opportunity to meet with counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee for a discussion that will address the legislative process, nominations, and oversight. At the conclusion of the Capitol tour, Judge Effron will guide you to the Russell Senate Building, which is just a short walk from the Capitol. The meeting with committee counsel will conclude at about 4:30 p.m.
The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation’s legislature. The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and it is an architectural achievement in its own right. It is a working office building as well as a tourist attraction visited by millions every year. Construction of the U.S. Capitol began in 1793. In November 1800, the U.S. Congress met in the first completed portion, the north wing. In the 1850s, major extensions to the North and South ends of the Capitol were authorized because of the great westward expansion of our nation and the resultant growth of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Capitol and its stately dome have become international symbols of our representative democracy. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol’s more than two-century history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874.
If you would like to participate in additional or other tours on your own, the website washington.org has links to many fantastic options.