The Constitution: Its Past, Present and Future

A Discussion Among Columbia Law School Professors

An Annual Commemoration of Constitution Day

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September 10, 2008 (NEW YORK) – On September 17, six Columbia Law School professors will offer their perspectives and scholarship in a discussion of the U.S. Constitution to honor the day it was ratified in 1787.

“Senator Robert Byrd initiated Constitution Day because these days, it is especially important for communities to celebrate and think about the U.S. Constitution,” said Ellen Chapnick, Dean of Social Justice Initiatives and moderator of the panel. “Columbia's discussion will be led by Law School faculty, including several new members, with deep and diverse ideas and experience.”

Professor Philip Bobbitt will make introductory remarks. Professor Katherine Franke will speak on developments in gender and sexuality law. Three of Columbia Law School’s new professors, Jamal Greene, Trevor Morrison and Theodore Shaw, will also make presentations: Greene on “The Unwritten Constitution”; Morrison on “Habeas Corpus and Enemy Combatant Detention,” and Shaw on “Color Blindness and the Fourteenth Amendment.”

WHAT: “The Constitution: Its Past, Present and Future,” a faculty panel.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, 435 W. 116 Street, between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, New York City. Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.

SPEAKERS: Columbia Law Professors Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence; Katherine Franke, Professor of Law, Director, Gender & Sexuality Law Program; Jamal Greene, Associate Professor of Law; Trevor Morrison, Professor of Law; and Theodore Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice. Ellen Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives, will moderate.
A reception will follow the presentation. Event is sponsored by Social Justice Initiatives.

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Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.