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Opening a world of possibilities

Our students help break underrepresented children from the cycle of poverty by expanding their knowledge, developing their skills, and showing career pathways.

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The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

Marshall Brennan

Who we are and what we do

In UNM Law School’s Marshall-Brennan Program, law students teach civic education to high school students in culturally-diverse, high-poverty New Mexico public schools.

The class culminates in a moot court competition held in Washington D.C., where 150 to 200 high school students come from across the nation to compete.

The program opens up a world of possibilities for underrepresented high school students and empowers them to become engaged, productive citizens.

And it gives UNM Law School students hands-on experience teaching constitutional law and specific applications of the law to high school students.

Since the UNM chapter was founded in 2011, dozens of law students have provided constitutional literacy training to hundreds of high school students attending school at Atrisco Heritage Academy, South Valley Academy, Valley, Highland, West Mesa, Amy Biehl, Native American Community Academy (NACA), Walatowa Charter School (in Jemez Pueblo), Mark Armijo, ACE, DATA, and La Siembra.

Why It Matters

  • The Marshall-Brennan program works toward changing New Mexico’s last-place ranking in educational outcomes for young people.
  • It helps break underrepresented children from the cycle of poverty by expanding their knowledge, developing their skills, and showing career pathways.
  • It challenges law students to simplify and explain course material, skills needed in the practice of law.
  • Finally, it helps fulfill the law school’s mission of educating lawyers to serve.

For more information about the UNM Chapter

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For more information about the national program

Visit wcl.american.edu/marshallbrennan