Constitution Day Commemoration
The United States Constitution is not only the basic law of the United States. It has also inspired politicians, philosophers, and ordinary people around the world. Scholars have devoted intense attention to the Constitution, its interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States, and its impact on the American people.
Constitutional law forms an important part of the Law School's curriculum and research agenda. University of Louisville faculty members have devoted considerable attention to the Constitution, its interpretation, and its social meaning. Lawyers with diverse practices and specializations share a background in constitutional law, which in turn unites the practicing bar in a common civil culture based on the Constitution and its role in American history and politics.
The Law School therefore takes great pride in presenting an annual commemoration of Constitution Day on behalf of the entire University of Louisville. This year's program consists of a collection of videos that provide commentary on recent developments in the Supreme Court of the United States and in lower federal courts. Jim Chen, Samuel Marcosson, Luke Milligan, Laura Rothstein and Joseph Tomain review a significant year of developments in American constitutional law.
- Luke M. Milligan, Introduction
- Jim Chen, McDonald v. City of Chicago: The States and the 2nd Amendment
- Samuel A. Marcosson, The California Same-Sex Marriage Case
- Luke M. Milligan, City of Ontario v. Quon
- Laura Rothstein, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
- Joseph A. Tomain, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
- Archived Constitution Day programs at UofL Law
- The McConnell Center's celebration of Constitution Day 2010
- An original copy of the Constitution
- U.S.Government Printing Office: Annotated Constitution of the United States
- The Constitution in a single-page HTML format
- Library of Congress American Memory: Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
- National Constitution Center: Constitutional Timeline
- Bill of Rights Institute: Bill of Rights in the News
- Constitutional law photo gallery
- Constitutional Curiosities: A 21-Question Scavenger Hunt
- Constitutional Law Haiku
Legal notice: This page is composed in compliance with section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, Pub. L. No. 108-447, § 111, 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (2004), more colloquially known as the "Constitution Day" statute. See also Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year, 70 Fed. Reg. 29,727 (May 24, 2005).
Section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act states in relevant part: "Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution." Section 111 further requires that Constitution Day be commemorated on September 17, in honor of the day in 1787 on which the Constitution was signed. In a year in which September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day may be commemorated during the preceding or following week.