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Changes in Supreme Court to Be Topic
of Constitution Day Program at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 7, 2005

Constitution Day headerEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention, with the presentation of a roundtable discussion, "Constitutional Law for a Changing Supreme Court," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Schofield Auditorium. The actual anniversary of the signing, Sept. 17, falls on a Saturday this year.

The roundtable will feature short presentations by faculty members Dr. Oscar Chamberlain, a senior lecturer in the history department; professor of political science Dr. Michael Fine; and associate professor of political science Dr. James Tubbs. The panelists will discuss how a Chief Justice Roberts and a President Bush-nominated associate justice will likely impact constitutional law in cases involving the First Amendment, privacy, criminal rights and federalism. They will also provide historical perspective on the sometimes contentious nomination process. The discussion will include time for discussion among the panelists and audience questions.

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia was instrumental in getting Congress to pass a law designating Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and requiring schools and federal agencies to hold educational programs to educate Americans about the Constitution on Constitution Day. To read more about Constitution Day or read the U.S. Constitution, visit their Web site.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's 2005 Constitution Day program, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag, associate professor and chair of the department of political science, at (715) 836-5044 or freitard@uwec.edu.

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