UT to Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 16
A panel of speakers will discuss executive power in the U.S. Constitution as part of an annual event to recognize the framework of the country’s government.
On Constitution Day, Friday, Sept. 16, The University of Toledo will host a panel discussion featuring a UT law student, criminal justice and law faculty members, and a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union South Lounge.
“There are so many opinions and viewpoints when you begin to talk about government and politics, and a University campus is a wonderful venue to delve into those discussions,” said Matt Rubin, president of UT Student Government, which is holding the event in conjunction with the UT Office of Government Relations. “Constitution Day is an important annual event that gives our campus the opportunity to discuss the foundation of our country and how the U.S. Constitution is interpreted now.”
The 2011 event will focus on the executive power in the U.S. Constitution as it relates to war, government spending and health-care reform.
Each panelist will give prepared statements as well as take questions from the audience. Rubin will moderate the discussion.
• Kyle Bristow, a third-year student in the UT College of Law, is a prominent conservative activist who has received national media attention. As an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, he was chair of the university’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. He also wrote a fiction book that raises an alternative proposal to the native people of America.
• Dr. Morris Jenkins is professor and chair of the UT Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. Throughout his career, he has taught conflict resolution and mediation and has provided multicultural and diversity training to police, probation and corrections departments across the nation. He researches in the areas of civic education as a means to violence prevention in communities, restorative justice, gangs and juvenile justice policy.
• Lee Strang is a UT professor of law who joined the faculty in 2008. He researches in the fields of constitutional law and interpretation, property law, and religion and the First Amendment. Prior to teaching, Strang served as a judicial clerk for Judge Alice Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was an associate for Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he practiced in general and appellate litigation.
• Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Myron Duhart took the bench in January when he was appointed by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles Doneghy. Duhart has more than 14 years experience as an attorney in both civil and criminal cases and both state and federal courts. A Toledo native, Duhart is a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School and the UT College of Law.
Constitution Day, established in 2004, recognizes the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. All publicly funded educational institutions hold events to recognize the day.
At the UT event, free cake and pocket Constitutions will be available to those who attend.
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