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 Lisa Curtis. Classes feature guest speakers from the DC education advocacy and teaching community and contributions from Congressperson 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.

Thank you to our 2016-2017 Teaching Fellows!

Brishailah Brown
Larissa Zavarelli
Carl Gaul
Michelle Villegas
Courney Arnold
Naimah Duporte
Erica Fersch
Nancy Elanjithara
Hiba Ahmed
Pritika Ramesh
Jani Loyo Ramos
Samantha Dos Santos
Jessica McKenney
Sanjana Biswas
Joshua Couce
Zac Johnston
Dean's Fellows:
Emma McArthur
Nicole Martinez
Justyna Felusiak
Sydney Sun

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."

Following the written application and interview, 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. In 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 3-4 day orientation for the program, usually in August the week before the start of law school classes.

Visit us here for more information about this year's application process.