Tapping the Right Brain in Con Rights

Constitutional Rights PosterSome students thought they had gone back to high school; others welcomed the opportunity to tap into their right brains. Regardless how they responded to Professor Margaret Montoya's assignment to construct a poster summarizing and synthesizing the cases from slavery through Brown v. Education, they deepened their understanding of Constitutional Rights.

The posters, which were displayed in the Forum, included a train, an American flag, "The Long and Winding Road", Chutes and Ladders and a diagram of the human body in which the students related the different branches of government to the different functions of the skeleton and muscles and the organs of the body to different cases.

"We figured we were studying a body of law and the ideas flowed from there," says Jescia Hyland, a 2L, who created the poster with classmates Grant Marek and Karl Kalm. "It was the most creative I've been in law school and was a useful way to learn and revisit the information we've been studying."

Johnn Osborn, along with Marshall Neel and Stephanie Pauley created "The Long and Winding Road" to illustrate the trajectory the 14th Amendment has taken through U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

"This was different than what I expected in law school; it made us think about the cases in a different way," says Osborn. "Not one of us will ever forget theses cases, on a test or in years to come."

Constitutional Rights StudentsMontoya was elated with the effort behind the posters and the demonstrated comprehension of the legal concepts.

"I was most impressed by the students' ability to take complex information and create images, icons and symbols that added to the depth of their understanding of the material," she says of her 27 students in Constitutional Rights.

"Next they will do a poster synthesizing cases from Brown through Grutter v. Bollinger."