Each Fall a group of law students teach high school students from underserved schools about their Constitutional rights and how to interact with law enforcement. This week the program, along with expert insight from law faculty, will be featured in a national streaming special about racial healing to air on NBC News Now on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. MST.


Watch the special on YouTube.

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UNM's Marshall-Brennan Fellows and Professor Maryam Ahranjani talk with Guad Venegas, an NBC News reporter.

The work is part of The University of New Mexico Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project designed to help high school students strengthen understanding of their constitutional rights, gain an introduction to the legal field and develop oral argument skills. Marshall-Brennan fellows spend the Fall semester teaching high schoolers about legal cases that impact students and their rights. Students involved in the program have the chance to compete in the annual oral argument competition held at the UNM School of Law and judged by real judges and legal professionals. The winners from the local competition held last November will compete at nationals in Washington D.C. in April.

Maryam Ahranjani, the Ron and Susan Friedman Professor of Law and faculty advisor for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project UNM Chapter, and several Marshall-Brennan fellows will be featured in a segment reported by Guad Venegas about policing in Albuquerque where Ahranjani and the Marshall-Brennan fellows will discuss teaching lessons on how to interact with law enforcement.

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Alfred D. Mathewson

UNM School of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Alfred D. Mathewson will also be featured in the special to discuss the United States Department of Justice's consent decree over the Albuquerque Police Department.

“National Day of Racial Healing: An NBC News NOW Special,” sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will discuss the state of race in America, explore the progress made and help deepen understanding of persistent challenges. The NBC News NOW special will be hosted by NBC News Daily’s Zinhle Essamuah and Kate Snow and feature reports from Shaquille Brewster, Antonia Hylton, Vicky Nguyen and Guad Venegas.

Encore presentations of “National Day of Racial Healing: An NBC News NOW Special” will stream Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. MST and Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. MST on NBC News NOW.

The annual observance of the National Day of Racial Healing will take place Jan. 16, the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners.

To watch the special, visit the NBC News Now website during the time it is set to stream. Learn more about the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.