Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Call for Papers: Constitutional Law in the Classroom


In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project (“Project”) is partnering with the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (“Journal”) to produce a full-day symposium to called “Constitutional Law in the Classroom,” be held on April 5, 2019 and a corresponding symposium Journal issue. There may also be a digital version of the Journal that would include expanded commentary from practitioners, students, and others.

“Constitutional Law in the Classroom” (both the symposium and the Journal issue) will focus on the intersecting missions of the Project and the Journal: promoting awareness of students’ rights under the U.S. Constitution, and the continuing struggle for social equality and opportunity. The Journal will consider scholarly pieces related to: school funding; educational equity and equality; school choice, including, for example, charter schools and school voucher programs; evolving conceptions of individual liberties in the school context, including equal protection, free speech, search and seizure, and discipline; treatment of immigrant children; Title IX protections for transgender and other youth; and school violence.  Other submissions related to the intersecting missions of the Project and the Journal will be considered as well.

Prospective authors (academics, practitioners, and law students on the Journal staff) should submit a proposal of up to 1,000 words to Maryam Ahranjani (Maryam.Ahranjani@law.unm.edu) and Jill Friedman (Jill.Friedman@rutgers.edu) by May 1, 2018 for consideration. By May 15, 2018, selected authors will receive an invitation to submit a full paper of 20-40 pages in length. Papers submitted by July 15, 2018 will receive most favorable consideration, although those received by September 1, 2018 will still be considered.  Please note: invitation to submit a full paper is not a guarantee of publication, but editors will work with authors throughout the process to promote the substantial likelihood of inclusion in the Symposium edition.


Founded in 1992, the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law provides a forum for those interested in gender issues and feminist legal studies. In 1998, the Journal expanded its mission to include social policy. This expansion reflects the Journal’s intent to fill a void in legal scholarship by providing an opportunity for academic discussion that is otherwise overlooked by traditional journals. By focusing on gender and social policy issues, JGSP&L is committed to creating a dialogue among disparate social, economic, and gender groups in order to find our common humanity under the law.

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a nationally recognized law-related education program that promotes democratic engagement and constitutional literacy by placing talented upper- level law student Fellows in under-resourced high schools to teach courses in constitutional law and oral advocacy. Inspired by the writings and spirits of Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, who were strong supporters of students’ rights, U.S. Congressman Jamin B. Raskin and Professor Stephen Wermiel co-founded the Project. Marshall-Brennan Fellows develop foundational lawyering and professionalism skills while preparing high school students for civic engagement by using inquiry-based educational methods that promote the 21st century skills of creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Maryam Ahranjani

Assistant Professor

University of New Mexico School of Law

1117 Stanford NE
MSC11 6070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone:  (505) 277-2113

Email:  Maryam.Ahranjani@law.unm.edu

SSRN http://ssrn.com/author=911680



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