The 2008 race for the White House and its implications for the Constitution provide the central theme for this year’s annual observance of Constitution Day at Widener Law, the only law school in America’s “First State” of Delaware.
Widener student groups The Federalist Society
, American Civil Liberties Union
and Widener Law Review
will jointly sponsor a panel discussion, "The future of the Constitution: The presidency," on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
. The event is free and open to the public.Panelists include:
- Todd Gaziano, director of the Center of Judicial and Legal Studies at the Heritage Foundation and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
- Francis Lee, chairman of the political science department at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia
- Joseph Pika, professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware.
- Widener Law Professor Alan Garfield will moderate.
Professor Garfield has been an instrumental figure in the law school’s annual Constitution Day celebration. The online project he launched three years ago continues this year
. It was designed to capitalize on Widener’s location in the first state to ratify the Constitution, and it serves to enlighten the public about Constitution Day. This year the website features a collection of essays on the presidency. Contributing authors include professors, politicians and the executive director of the Delaware chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The site includes essays from Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for vice president, and former Delaware Gov. Pete Du Pont, who was once a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
“The website was created to give the public an opportunity to collectively celebrate Constitution Day,” Professor Garfield said. “Widener Law is proud to lead this organized effort and we are grateful to the many distinguished authors who have contributed to our online collection over the years.”