We launched the Colorado Law Constitution Day Project in September 2011 in honor of Constitution Day.In our first year of the project, Colorado Law students visited over 65 high school classrooms and taught a lesson plan about the First Amendment.
We were thrilled that even more volunteers and schools participated in Constitution Day 2012. From September 17-21, more than 80 Colorado Law students and alumni, 30 local attorneys, and several Colorado Law faculty visited over 100 high school classrooms around the state.
Our 2012 lesson plan presented high school students with a hypothetical issue involving the Fourth Amendment and a student's expectation of privacy in the contents of his or her cell phone. Students were asked to represent either the hypothetical student or the school district, and make the strongest legal arguments for their client. This exercise allowed students to apply concepts they had learned from select Fourth Amendment cases and present arguments as if they were before the Supreme Court.
This year, our volunteers visited classrooms throughout Colorado over a two-week period to teach an interactive lesson on the First Amendment, specifically about fighting words. Students discussed the importance of free speech—even offensive speech—in American society. Students then made arguments about the line between protected speech and fighting words using a hypothetical case.