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Constitution Day Programs and Speakers

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.


Scheduled Lecture Details

"The Increasing Significance of an Independent Judiciary"

Presenter: The Honorable Martha C. Daughtrey, US COurt of Appeals for th Sixth Circuit



Scheduled Lecture Details
Liberty, Politics, and Human Nature: Protecting the Constitution and the Rule of Law”
Presenter: The Honorable David F. Hamilton, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Public Lecture
Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University


Elections and the Constitution
A. Christopher Bryant, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati
Timothy M. Burke,Partner, Manley Burke, LPA and Chair, Hamilton County Democratic Party
Alex M. Triantafilou,Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, and Chair, Hamilton Bounty Republican Party
Verna L. Williams, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati


The Future of Privacy and Free Speech on the Roberts Court
Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University


Dangerous Reading: What Does the Constitution Really Say?
Garrett Epps, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (book authors)
Followed by a presentation by Professor Mark Godsey about constitutional issues that arise in wrongful conviction claims.


Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a presentation by Judge Ann Marie Tracey entitled, “Professionalism, Advocacy, and the Constitution”


Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a discussion of the most recent Supreme Court decision involving voluntary efforts of school districts to use race in student assignments by attorney John Concannon, former Cincinnati School Boad General Counsel.


Impeach Justice Douglas!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a panel discussion consisting of Martin S. Pinales, Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz LLP; Susan Grogan Faller, Frost Brown Todd LLC; and Thomas E. Callinan, Cincinnati Enquirer. Panel moderator was Professor Ronna Greff Schneider.