Today’s Date: February 29, 2012 Release: 02/29/2012
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HADDONFIELD, N.J. – Adinolfi & Lieberman, PA Associate Shira Katz Scanlon, Esq. continued her participation in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project hosted by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as the Program Coordinator. Ms. Scanlon has been involved in running seven of these competitions with Drexel University since 2008. The Project was founded by Professor Jamin Raskin, from the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Professor Gwen Roseman Stern of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University launched the program in Philadelphia in 2005 and at Drexel University in 2007. The program focuses on a semester-long course about the Constitution and public schools with a curriculum that immerses high school students in the Supreme Court cases governing a myriad of cases affect students in America: student expression in media formats; religious freedom, prayer at football games and the Ten Commandments on the wall, locker searches and drug testing of student athletes to name a few.
This year’s topic addressed an issue surrounding the 8th Amendment Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause dealing with the legality of sentencing a 16-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole for bringing a gun to school to confront bullies. In this year’s problem, an innocent student was killed nearby when the gun discharged. Each year, select students whose classes participate in Drexel’s Project compete in a Local Moot Court Competition. This year, 23 high school students were coached by 26 law students representing five Philadelphia schools: South Philadelphia High School, High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Science Leadership Academy, Carver High School for Science and Engineering, and the Pickett Campus of the Mastery Charter School. Local Judges and Attorneys as well as Drexel Law students volunteered to serve as judges for the competition.
Ms. Scanlon received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor from Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law where she graduated with high honors. During her tenure at Drexel University, she received the Excellence in Service Award for her work with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Ms. Scanlon joined the firm after completing a one-year clerkship with The Honorable Linda Feinberg, Assignment Judge Superior Court, Trenton, New Jersey. She focuses her legal practice on all aspects of divorce and family law. Ms. Scanlon is a member of the Thomas Forkin Inns of Court.
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