Gharrett Favinger (2014 Fellow), Amy Farina (2015 Fellow), Julia

The law students enrolled in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law are known as the Marshall-Brennan Teaching Fellows. The program is open to all upper-level law students through a competitive application process at Washington College of Law and requires teaching in a DC classroom two to three days a week. 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 "Constitution in the Classroom" seminar led by Marshall-Brennan Associate Director and Adjunct Professor Melinda Cooperman. Classes feature guest speakers from the DC education advocacy and teaching community and contributions from WCL Professor Jamin Raskin, the founder and director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The Fellows learn classroom management techniques in the form of restorative justice training, as well as critical pedadgody, and master the "We the Students" and "Youth Justice" curricula.

Becoming a Fellow

There are many opportunities to learn more about the WCL chapter of Marshall-Brennan before submitting an application! The kick-off of the Marshall-Brennan Fellow application period begins in January and is accompanied with several information sessions and a meet-and-greet table during WCL "Opportunities Day." Each applicant must submit an application questionaire and resume by the date and in the manner designated here. Following the written application, select applicants are 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 Marshall-Brennan staff. 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. Selection is based on the applicants' demonstrated commitment and/or interest in learning through teaching, civic action, and youth empowerment. Applicants selected to be Marshall-Brennan Fellows are required to attend a three-day orientation for the program, usually in August the week before the start of law school classes.

2015-2016 Fellows

Abbey Silverman
Jorge Deossa
Ariel Molk
Justin Teitell
Aroosa Nizami
Justyna Felusiak
Brian Gauthier
Kayleigh Anselm
Calvin Walker
Laura Vincent
Chris Garbarino
Marisa Beirne
Emma McArthur
Mary Soule
Janie Williams
Nicole Martinez
Jessica Cedillo
Samy Dorgham
Sekoia Rogers
Soraya Mohammed
Sydeny Sun
Tiffany Reid-Collazo