Constitutional Literacy Project
Announcements and Events
Apply to be a Marshall-Brennan Fellow! The application for the 2014-2015 is now live. Please click here to begin the application process!
Judge our National Competition! This year's National Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition will take place April 4-6. Click here to sign up to judge!
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauds the Marshall-Brennan Project in his talk on "The Next Generation of Civics Education.
Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 515
Washington, DC 20016
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!
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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.