In 2017 I was approached by Olivia Gross, then a freshman student at Avenues. She was interested in the Supreme Court and the Constitution and was wondering if I would be willing to be the faculty advisor for a new club on that topic. It was hard to imagine that there would be enough interest among teenagers to justify the existence of a club like this. Two years and a lot of work later, the Avenues Law Review Club has finally published our very first law review. As far as we can tell, we are the first and only high school in the nation to produce one!
Over the last two years, we have debated legal issues, brought in expert speakers and learned about the legal process of the United States. The end goal, however, was always to start an annual legal publication modelled on a law review that is published by every law school in America. Students picked topics ranging from gun control laws to equal opportunity in college admissions to legal ownership of art in public spaces. The dedicated students of this club took on, in essence, an extra academic assignment that required research, outlining, drafting and review processes. With help of about a dozen teachers who volunteered their time to proofread and edit the papers, the students were able to complete their legal notes. In the end, the review went to print with legal notes from 12 students from the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
The club sent copies of the law review to the Supreme Court Justices and three wrote back! See below for the responses from Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito.