Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prof. Brandeis lectures via Skype to Brooklyn high school class

Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice faculty, was invited to lecture on free speech and the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case via Skype to a Brooklyn, New York high school class on October 8, 2010. City Polytechnic High School teacher Allegra Felter knew that Prof. Brandeis had been one of the attorneys who represented Joseph Frederick in Morse v. Frederick, a student free speech case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. Frederick was a student at Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau.

Ms. Felter contacted Prof. Brandeis and arranged for him to speak to her class of 55 students via Skype. Students were very curious about the case and asked a number of questions. They were excited to interact and find out more about this pivotal free expression case, especially because it concerns the rights of students in schools. Prof. Brandeis hopes to continue this kind of technology outreach to high school students about constitutional and other legal issues.

Pictured above left: City Polytechnic High School students ask questions of Prof. Brandeis on the screen.