Capital Law Students Take Constitutional Law into Columbus’ High Schools

2/14/2014  - 

Do you want to take a class where you grapple with controversial constitutional issues; learn key presentation skills; and serve the community? If so, Capital’s Marshall-Brennan class is for you.

In its second year, the Marshall-Brennan class taught by Professor Kobil sends Capital law students into Columbus schools to teach high school students about their constitutional rights. Right now students in the

Kobil Marshall Brennan with Students 

Professor Dan Kobil (center) with
Marshall-Brennan Project students
Corinne Conard and Lakshmi Satyanarayana.

class are reviewing Supreme Court case law, as well as teaching materials that have been developed by past participants in the program, and developing creative ways to teach high school students about some of the most intriguing issues in constitutional law. Topics covered in class include free speech issues in public schools, prayer in schools, searches of public school students, federal efforts to ban guns near schools, and affirmative action in education.

Third-year Student Lakshmi Satyanarayana said, “When I saw that Capital was the first law school in Ohio to offer the Marshall-Brennan Practicum, I knew that I would have to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity. Not only will I be enhancing my knowledge of Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, but I will also be doing something which doesn't happen often in the typical law school class: giving back to the community. Teaching high school students about constitutional issues will sharpen my communication skills, and will also allow me to make a difference in someone's life. And to me, that will be my most rewarding experience in law school."