Constitutional Literacy in Colorado High Schools

Program Contact

Matthew Cushing

matthew.cushing@colorado.edu

303.735.6554

The Constitutional Literacy in Colorado High Schools Project includes two components: Colorado Constitution Day and the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

Colorado Constitution Day sends law students, faculty, and members of the legal community around the state for a one-day interactive presentation to high school students on a constitutional topic.

Marshall-Brennan places Colorado Law students in social studies classrooms in underserved metro-area schools for one day each week.  The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project was started by American University in 1999, and currently has chapters in 18 states. The goal of the Project is to increase youth awareness and understanding of our legal system and the Constitution by sending upper-level law students into public high schools to teach a semester-long course about the law, juvenile justice, and other related topics.  Law students teach constitutional law and work with their high school counterparts to develop public speaking skills through a moot court problem on a constitutional topic.  The high school students are then invited to Boulder to participate in a state-wide moot court competition judged by law students, lawyers, and judges.

The Project culminates in a state-wide moot court competition in the spring. The competition is hosted by the Byron White Center at the University of Colorado Law School, and judged by Justices from the Colorado Supreme Court and Judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals. The top six finalists of that competition then represent Colorado in the national competition in Washington, D.C., accompanied by their law student coaches.

  • Constitution Day - Arvada

    Location

    In Colorado

    Arvada

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Aurora

    Location

    In Colorado

    Aurora

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Boulder

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Centennial

    Location

    In Colorado

    Centennial

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Denver

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Larimer, Wyoming

    Location

    Outside Colorado

    Larimer Wyoming

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Lone Tree

    Location

    In Colorado

    Lone Tree

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Northglenn

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day - Thornton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program that included a discussion with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and CU Boulder Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

  • Constitution Day and Marshall Brennan - Canon City

    Location

    In Colorado

    Canon City

    Dates

    9/21/2020 - 9/21/2020

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in a virtual Constitutional Day program, as well as the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project component.

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    Location

    In Colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    8/15/2019 - 3/31/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    This activity was part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    8/15/2019 - 3/31/2020

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    This activity was part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    Location

    In Colorado

    Arvada

    Dates

    8/15/2019 - 3/31/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    This activity was part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    8/15/2019 - 3/31/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    This activity was part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Law

  • Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law

Program Partners

  • This project is supported by the CU Boulder Outreach Committee.

Audiences Served

  • Students - ESL
  • Students - High School