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.