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Sept. 13, 2018

Supreme Court Cases to Be Discussed at UA Constitution Day

  • What: 2018 UA Constitution Day
  • When: Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m., with a reception to follow.
  • Where: Ares Auditorium (Room 164), James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Legal experts will assemble for the UA's 20th annual Constitution Day program to explore three of the most significant cases from the 2017 Supreme Court term.

The event, hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. Continuing Legal Education credit may be available.

Panelists include:


Cases to be discussed:

  • 1:05-1:45 p.m. - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, examining the constitutionality of a Colorado civil rights law punishing a cakeshop owner for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
  • 1:50-2:30 p.m. - Gill v. Whitford, examining the constitutionality of alleged partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin.
  • 2:40-3:20 p.m. - Trump v. Hawaii, examining the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's "travel ban."
  • 3:25-4:05 p.m. - The Legacy of Anthony Kennedy.

The event is being held in conjunction with the nationwide commemoration of the Sept. 17 signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Federal legislation mandates that all educational institutions receiving federal funding hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on or near Constitution Day.

The Rehnquist Center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about and public understanding of the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.

Bernadette Wilkinson
UA James E. Rogers College of Law
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