Constitution Day 2013
September 17 is Constitution Day! Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress established Constitution Week in 1956, to be celebrated each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution.
In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
On-Campus Constitution Day Events
Stop by the Office of Financial Aid (Main Campus) on Tuesday, September 17 from 1- 4 pm to enjoy refreshments and pick up a free pocket version of the United States Constitution! The office will also be screening “The Constitution Project: An Independent Judiciary” which chronicles two key moments that defined our understanding of the role of the judiciary: the Cherokee Nation’s struggles before the Supreme Court in the 1830’s to preserve its homeland and Cooper v. Aaron, the 1958 Supreme Court case that affirmed that states were bound to follow the Court’s order to integrate their schools.
On Thursday, October 10, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will celebrate Constitution Day with a panel discussion that will focus on issues related to same-sex marriages from 3:30 – 5 pm in the law school’s Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium located at 565 West Adams Street.
The panel discussion titled “When Did It Become Unconstitutional for States to Ban Same Sex Marriage?: Constitutional Interpretation in the 21st Century,” will include a conversation regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
For more information or to register, contact Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher Schmidt or call 312.906.5389.