The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the UNM School of Law presents the first Constitutional Day Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Students from Jemez Valley High School, Amy Biehl, West Mesa, Valley, Walatowa and SIPI are invited to attend the event. The goals are to honor and celebrate the day the U.S. Constitution was ratified, and to introduce public high school students to consider attending their flagship public law school.

Students will meet Dean David Herring, learn about the History of the Marshall-Brennan Project and its Celebration of Constitution Day, and hear a brief background on Indian Tribes and individuals under the constitution.

Three current Law School students will talk about their paths to law school, followed by a short class in constitutional rights, and lunch with law students, members of the law school and greater UNM communities, and alumni of the law school. Afternoon sessions include interactive sessions on why students should consider a career in law, and a moot court presentation.

The event is coordinated by Professor Maryam Ahranjani from American University Washington College of Law (WCL), who is visiting the UNM Law School in fall 2014. At WCL, she was the associate director of the Marshall-Brennan Program Constitutional Literacy Project for five years. At UNM, she teaches Constitutional Rights as well as Education & the Constitution, a seminar designed for the students in the Law School’s Marshall-Brennan Program Constitutional Literacy Project. She is co-author of “Youth Justice in America.”