New York Constitutional Convention on the Ballot: What You Should Know

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103
Nov 01
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103

Every 20 years, New Yorkers get to vote on whether to hold a convention to revise the state's constitution. The question will again be on the ballot in 2017. A convention has not been held in New York since 1967; but this year, there is significant momentum behind the idea of calling a convention, including a New York City Bar Association task force report that endorsed the idea. However, many groups remain skeptical of the wisdom of a convention.

Professor Richard Briffault will moderate a panel discussion, joined by DeNora Getachew and Erika Lorshbough. Ms. Getachew is New York Executive Director of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit organization seeking to increase civic engagement among students and young people. She also served alongside Prof. Briffault on the City Bar Association task force which issued a report endorsing a convention. Ms. Lorshbough is a legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union, which issued a rebuttal to the task force report, opposing the "Con Con."

Lunch will be served.

This event is funded in part by Student Senate with funds from the Student Activity Fee.

Contact Info: 
Zachary Piaker, [email protected]