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Rich to speak at Washburn's Constitution Day, Sept. 17

“The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln’s Framework for a New American Constitution,” will be the topic of the Constitution and Citizenship Day presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University. The public is welcome to attend and no admission is charged.

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 Constitution Law Professor William “Bill Rich will describe some of those early conflicts along with the Civil War Amendments to the Constitution that addressed them. Rich will then move on to discuss ongoing struggles over the interpretation and implementation of this “new Constitution.”

Attorneys may obtain two hours of CLE credit attending Rich’s presentation and 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, Washburn campus.

For more information, visit or contact Shawn Leisinger, director, executive center, School of Law, at 785-670-2464.


Shawn Leisinger, director, Executive Center, School of Law, 785-670-2464

Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153