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Drake Constitutional Law Center to celebrate Constitution

September 6, 2012

The Drake University Constitutional Law Center will host a lecture by Mike Seidman on Sept. 20, as part of Drake Law School’s Constitution Day celebration. His address, “On Constitutional Disobedience,” is free and open to the public. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 2621 Carpenter Ave.

Constitution Day celebrates the original signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Drake is one of four universities permanently endowed by Congress to promote study of the Constitution.

Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches a variety of courses in the fields of constitutional and criminal law. He is co-author of a constitutional law casebook and the author of many articles concerning criminal justice and constitutional law. His most recent books are On Constitutional Disobedience, Silence and Freedom, Equal Protection of the Laws, and Our Unsettled Constitution: A New Defense of Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, Professor Seidman served as a law clerk for J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He then was a staff attorney with the D.C. Public Defender Service until joining the Georgetown University Law Center faculty in 1976.

Past Constitution Day speakers include New York Times reporter Adam Liptak, Yale Law School Professor Jack Balkin, and Georgetown professor and civil liberties expert David Cole.


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