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Fourteenth Amendment topic of May 1 Law Day talk

| Judy Berthiaume

In celebration of Law Day, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Constitutional Studies and the Pre-Law Club will host a talk by Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. May 1 in Room 2614 in Centennial Hall.

In her talk, titled "The Fight to Enforce the Fourteenth Amendment," Ducksworth-Lawton will discuss how the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment, which initially was interpreted narrowly by the Supreme Court in the 1870s and 1880s, later was enforced in Louisiana by the efforts of the Deacons for Defense and Justice.

In 1961, the U.S. Congress established May 1 as Law Day to celebrate the rule of law.

According to the American Bar Association, "Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share and also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in a constitutional democracy."

The UW-Eau Claire presentation aligns with the American Bar Association's 2017 national Law Day theme — "The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Eric Kasper, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Constitutional Studies, at or 715-836-4802.

You can reach Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at or 715-836-4886.

Photo caption: Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire, will present a talk May 1 in celebration of Law Day.