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U.S. Constitution Day Forum at UIS to focus on Supreme Court

September 13, 2005

Dr. Martin Redish

SPRINGFIELD – “Politics, the Constitution, and Supreme Court Appointments” is the topic of a forum to be held at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Monday, September 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.  The event is being presented by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership in observance of U.S. Constitution Day. 

Martin H. Redish, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, will be the keynote speaker.  Professor Redish will discuss the role of the Supreme Court in American constitutional democracy. He will focus on the unique position of the Court as the pinnacle of the one branch of the federal government purposefully insulated from democratic influence. That results in the need for the Court to walk the narrow line between issues of constitutional interpretation, on the one hand, and matters of purely ideological and political concern, on the other.  He will also discuss the future of Supreme Court appointments.

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Following his presentation, two speakers will comment on his analysis:  Honorable Jeanne E. Scott, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois, and Pinky S. Wassenberg, Interim Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration and Professor of Political Studies at UIS.   B. Douglas Anderson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Associate University Counsel and Campus Legal Counsel, will serve as moderator.

Congress passed an amendment this year requiring each educational institution that receives federal funds to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution for its students on September 17, the date the Constitution was signed in 1787.   When the 17th falls on a weekend, schools may hold their programs during the week before or after.

The forum is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and will be first come, first seated, with overflow seating provided in Public Affairs Center conference room C/D.  The forum will be webcast live at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.

For information, call the Center at 217/206-6576.

 

 

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