The Marshall-Brennan
Constitutional Literacy Project

Announcements and Events

Congratulations to the new 2014-2015 class of Marshall-Brennan fellows!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our National Marshall-Brennan High School Moot Court Competition such a success!

To watch the debate between Jamie Raskin and Eric Lerum on the school closure issue, please click here!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our conference From Constitutional Literacy to Political Change. Please click here for the program schedule, and here for speaker bios.

To watch live coverage of the conference, please click here.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauds the Marshall-Brennan Project in his talk on "The Next Generation of Civics Education.

Constitution Day
Lesson Plans:

Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
American University
Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 515
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: 202-274-4387

About Marshall-Brennan

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About Marshall-Brennan Fellows

Annual Karchmer Competitions

Marshall-Brennan Calendar of Events

Mary Beth Tinker Award

Alumni of the Year Award Recipients

Application for Fellowship

Marshall-Brennan Chapters

National Competitions

Chapter Leaders' Corner

Starting a Marshall-Brennan Chapter

Cape Town, South Africa

City University of
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

In the fall of 1999, Professor Jamin Raskin of American University Washington College of Law launched the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project named in honor of the late United States Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William J. Brennan, Jr. This project, founded with the enthusiastic support of Mrs. Cissy Marshall and the late Mrs. Mary Brennan, was designed to mobilize talented second- and third-year law students, as well as LLM students, to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland. The national program is headquartered at the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and the program has expanded to licensed chapters in law schools across the country.

This movement for constitutional literacy is rooted in the belief that students will profit for a lifetime from learning the system of rights and responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution. Many citizens do not participate and feel disengaged from politics. The Marshall-Brennan Fellows work with teachers, administrators and lawyers to teach students their rights as citizens, the strategic benefits of voting, how lawmaking occurs and other fundamental constitutional processes.


High school students at the National Marshall-Brennan High School Moot Court Competition pose with Mary Beth Tinker as she autographs their "Don't Tinker with Student Speech" T-shirts!

"The Marshall-Brennan experience is an invaluable opportunity for both the fellows and the students.  I have learned things about myself that will be with me forever.  I have acquired skills that will be valuable in nearly everything I do."

- Rosa Satanovskaya, 2009-'10 Marshall-Brennan Fellow