Fellows


2010-2011 Fellows Caitlin Shay, Nicole Slaughter, and Jamie Sparano

The law students who teach two or three days per week in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law are known as the Marshall-Brennan Fellows. The program is open to all upper-level law students through a competitive application process at Washington College of Law. Although the time and emotional commitments are great, the benefits reaped from the program are enormous for both the law students and the high school students enrolled in the course. In addition to teaching, the Fellows take a year-long Advanced Constitutional Law seminar led by Marshall-Brennan Associate Director Melinda Cooperman, Adjunct Professor Lisa Curtis and Program Coordinator, Rebecca Kelly Arnold. Classes feature guest speakers and contributions from WCL Professor Jamin Raskin, the founder and director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The Fellows learn classroom management techniques, pedagogical methods and master the "We the Students" and "Youth Justice" curricula. Every Marshall-Brennan Fellow must write a paper on the meaning of his or her experience or on a related doctrinal or theoretical law and education issue.

Becoming a Fellow

Each year, more Marshall-Brennan Fellows are needed to meet the growing demand for constitutional literacy classes in Washington-area high schools. The selection process begins in January when WCL holds "Opportunities Day" to inform first-year students about the many programs the law school has to offer. Information sessions are held in late Janaury. Beginning in February an applicant must submit an application form, a letter explaining why he or she would like to be a Marshall-Brennan Fellow and a resume. Each applicant is then matched with a school to guest-teach a Marshall-Brennan class. This is required to expose each applicant to the demands that a year-long commitment to teaching in the program requires. Each applicant also must have an interview with the associate director of the program. In late March, a selection committee of faculty members and Marshall-Brennan staff screen the applications and decide who will be offered the chance to participate the following academic year. Applicants selected to be Marshall-Brennan Fellows are required to attend a two-day orientation for the program, usually held on the Friday and Saturday in August that immediately precede the start of law school classes.

2014-2015 Fellows

Adjei-Danso, Adjua
Penna, Kelsey
Afshar, Naveed
Petrella, Jessica
Andriola, Eri
Pollock, Michael
Beek, Jonathan
Poucher, Stephanie
Bollettieri, Julianne
Burns, Jasmine
Richardson, Kelly
Richbourg, Kassie
Christensen, Jake
Ross, Charles
Coad, Jordyn 
Diaz, Breanna
Satterlee, Erika
Sharma, Vinay
Farina, Amy
Tackett, Carolyn
Finuccio, Andrea C.
Toliver, James
Guillaume, Noemie
Tomecek, Katrina
Infante, Sarai
Valencia, Christopher
Jabbour, Claire
Yunes, Jonathan
Jacques, Sarah 
 
John, George
 
Johnson, Trace
 
Kempson, Jud
 
Mayer, Hannah
 
Modica, Kristine
 
Parker, Julia