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.

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project places University of Colorado Boulder Law students in social studies classrooms in underserved metro-area schools for one day each week.  Marshall-Brennan was started by American University in 1999 and currently has chapters in 18 states. The project achieves its goal of increasing youth awareness and understanding of our legal system and the Constitution by sending upper-level law students into public high schools to teach semester-long courses about the law, juvenile justice, and other related topics.  The law students help their students 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.

These programs are made possible by support from the CU Boulder Outreach Committee.

  • Constitution Day

    Additional Info

    Students and teachers participated in virtual Constitutional Day program led by Colorado Law students, alumni, and members of the Front Range legal community.


    Location 1

    in colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    9/20/2021 - 9/20/2021

    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


    Location 2

    in colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    9/21/2021 - 9/21/2021

    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


    Location 3

    in colorado

    Arvada

    Dates

    9/20/2021 - 9/20/2021

    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


    Location 4

    in colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    9/21/2021 - 9/21/2021

    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


    Location 5

    in colorado

    Northglenn

    Dates

    9/22/2021 - 9/22/2021

    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


    Location 6

    in colorado

    Aurora

    Dates

    9/22/2021 - 9/22/2021

    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


    Location 7

    in colorado

    Centennial

    Dates

    9/22/2021 - 9/22/2021

    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


    Location 8

    in colorado

    Lone Tree

    Dates

    9/20/2021 - 9/20/2021

    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

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    Additional Info

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


    Location 1

    in colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    8/23/2021 - 3/14/2022

    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


    Location 2

    in colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    8/23/2021 - 3/14/2022

    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


    Location 3

    in colorado

    Arvada

    Dates

    8/23/2021 - 3/14/2022

    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

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Law

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

Audiences Served

  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual
  • Students - First Generation College - going/bound
  • Students - High School