Tony Mauro at the National Law Journal graciously profiles the Harlan Institute and FantasySCOTUS.org in a piece in the Supreme Court Insider. Here is an excerpt.
With public knowledge about the Supreme Court at persistently low levels, a young legal blogger is launching an online interactive game aimed at encouraging high school students to learn about issues facing the Court.
It’s called fantasyscotus.org and is sponsored by blogger Josh Blackman‘s non-profit Harlan Institute, named for the first Justice John Harlan. Blackman, who has become something of a one-man band promoting Supreme Court literacy, has already enlisted teachers across the country as well as iCivics, a civics education resource founded by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Blackman, 26, has created lesson plans for five of the cases the Court will hear this fall, including Snyder v. Phelps, involving protests at military funerals, and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a challenge to a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors.
One minor correction. We are far from a one-man band. The Harlan Institute has an amazing board of directors, a talented and dedicated staff, and a committed teacher advisory network.
If you are interested in getting involved with FantasySCOTUS and the Harlan Institute mentoring program, please contact us.