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U.S. Constitution Day: Sept. 17

We the People - a picture of the words of the U.S. Constitution

Washburn University and the School of Law will recognize U.S. Constitution Day on September 17, 2013.

For students

Washburn University School of Law, the Center for Law and Government, and the Center for Excellence in Advocacy will host the Kansas Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, for a special U.S. Constitution Day session in the Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center.

Judges Thomas E. Malone, G. Joseph Pierron Jr., and Stephen D. Hill will hear oral arguments on several cases, with dockets at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Washburn Law students will be able to observe the oral arguments as part of their Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing courses.

For the public

The public is invited to the evening Constitution Day presentation beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center by Professor Bill Rich titled "The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln’s Framework for a New American Constitution."

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address highlighted the importance of equality, liberty, national unity and democracy. With respect to each of these topics, our original constitutional text had been found wanting, and resulting conflicts gave rise to the Civil War. In recognition of Constitution Day, Washburn University School of Law James R. Ahrens Chair in Torts and Constitutional Law Professor William “Bill” Rich will describe some of those early conflicts along with the Civil War Amendments to the Constitution that addressed them. Professor Rich will then move on to discuss ongoing struggles over the interpretation and implementation of this "new Constitution."

For attorneys

Attorneys may obtain two hours of CLE credit attending Rich's presentation and registering in advance online. The registration fee is $18.63, in recognition of the year of the Gettysburg Address. Individuals who would like to attend the event but not get CLE credit may do so at no charge without registering. Check-in on the day of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. 

For more information

For more information, contact Shawn Leisinger at shawn.leisinger@washburn.edu or 785.670.2464.