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Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a national civics education program that sends law students into public high schools to teach courses in constitutional law and oral advocacy. These courses focus primarily on educating high schoolers about their constitutional rights. In addition, these courses train students in appellate advocacy and prepare them for moot court competitions with other schools. Law students run all aspects of the program, including curriculum design, lesson planning, and classroom teaching.

The Yale chapter of this project was established in Fall 2009 by Andres Idarraga ’11 and Zach Jones ’11. The core function of our chapter is to teach classes in local high schools New Haven Academy and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. This past year, Nicolas Riley ’11, Caroline Van Zile ’12, Forrest Dunbar ’12, and Chris Hollins ’12 served as Teaching Fellows for the project, supported by Teaching Assistants Seth Wayne ’13 and David Simons ’12.