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20th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference

Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet will deliver the keynote address for the 20th Annual Rothgerber Conference, which will explore the topic of "Public Constitutional Literacy."

Thursday, November 29  
5:00-7:00 pm
      Keynote Address & Opening Reception

      Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet
      Constitutional Literacy Outside the Courts

Friday, November 30  


Session 1: 8:30-10:00 am           
      What is Constitutional Literacy & Why Does it Matter?

Moderators: David Skaggs, David Prince

  • Melissa Hart, Is Constitutional Literacy a Neutral Concept?
  • Charles Crimmins, Teaching the Constitution: An American Tradition
  • Laura McNabb, Civic Outreach Programs: Common Models, Shared Challenges, and Strategic Recommendations
  • K Royal and Darra Hoffman, Impaneled and Ineffective: The Role of Law Schools and Constitutional Literacy Programs in Effective Jury Reform
  • Dave Sidhu, Civic Education as an Instrument of Upward Mobility

Session 2: 10:15-11:30 am
      The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project?Aspirations & Outcomes

      Moderaters: Steve Martyn, Elise Myer
  • Jamin Raskin, Redistributing Constitutional Knowledge and Renewing the Law Schools: the Marshall-Brennan Project and the Pragmatist Challenge to Legal Education
  • Maryam Ahranjani and Jeff Shook, Evaluating High School Students' Constitutional and Civic Literacy: A Case Study of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
  • Jessica Waters, The Marshall-Brennan Effect: The Benefits of Teaching Constitutional Literacy for Law Students
  • Jill Friedman and Conrad Haber, Coordinated Public Education Outreach in a Disadvantaged City: Rutgers and Camden


Session 3: 12:45 ? 2:15 pm
      Other Approaches to Teaching the Public About Law & the Constitution

      Moderator: Melissa Hart
  • Elisabeth J. Medvedow, Discovering Justice: A Massachusetts Constitutional Literacy Project
  • Judge David Shakes, Judicially Speaking: Creation, Implementation, Perpetuation
  • Rachel Dufault, "Teaching the Constitution": Helping to Provide Civics Education to Students Nationwide
  • Jackie Johnson, Best Practices in Law-Related  Education: Lessons Learned



Event Details

Sponsored By Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law
Moderated By Melissa Hart
Speakers Mark Tushnet
CLE Credits
General: 1
Ethics: 0