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Constitution Day at Tulane Law: An election focus on Sept. 16

September 12, 2016

Constitution Day 2016


The 2016 presidential election has put the U.S. Constitution front and center in both obvious and subtle ways that go well beyond the very process the document specifies for citizens to choose a new executive every four years.

Topics raised on the campaign trail have run the gamut of constitutional guarantees. Religious tests for citizenship. The extent of free-speech rights. Gun control. Police powers. The scope of presidential authority. Equal protection regardless of race, color or creed. Even whether to amend the Constitution itself.

To celebrate Constitution Day, Tulane Law School will examine “The Constitution and the Election” Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in John Giffen Weinmann Hall Room 157. The event is free and open to the public.

Saru Matambanadzo, Moise S. Steeg Jr. Associate Professor of Law, will moderate a panel of constitutional scholars nationally recognized for their expertise:

Stephen Griffin, W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law

Catherine Hancock, Geoffrey C. Bible & Murray H. Bring Professor of Constitutional Law

Keith Werhan, Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law

They’ll address some of the most-urgent questions raised during the campaign, including:

— How might the election affect the composition and work of the Supreme Court, as well as constitutional jurisprudence?

— What are the chances the election will alleviate what many see as a dysfunctional constitutional system?

— How does this year’s campaign rhetoric about the Supreme Court and the Constitution compare to the rhetoric of earlier eras?

The panel also will discuss questions from the audience.  

Constitution Day celebrates Sept. 17, 1787, the day that 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, the most influential document in the nation’s history. 



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