Constitution Day
Constitution Day 2005, Ohio University

Saturday, September 17, is set aside by the federal government as Constitution Day. Universities and colleges across the nation will mark the day with activities relating to the U.S. Constitution in the week preceding the 17th. The purpose of these events is to encourage citizens to learn more about the remarkable document that is the foundation of our laws and government.

7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14
145 Walter Hall on the Ohio University Campus
Free & Open to the Public

Ohio University will observe Constitution Day 2005 on Wednesday, September 14, with a lecture by Mark Curriden entitled "A Mandate for Constitutional Courage: The Remarkable Story of United States v. Shipp"

Mr. Curriden is Attorney/Senior Communications Counsel at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and author of "Contempt of Court: A Turn of the Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism." Mr. Curriden worked as the legal affairs writer for The Dallas Morning News from 1996 to 2002. In June 2002, he joined Vinson & Elkins, a Texas law firm that represents The Dallas Morning News, CBS News and specializes in First Amendment litigation. He has been a contributing writer for the American Bar Association Journal since 1988. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and the American Judiciature Society's Toni House Award.

United States v. Shipp (1909) pitted Justice John Marshall Harlan against a Tennessee lynch mob and resulted in the first and only criminal trial conducted by the Supreme Court. It is a fascinating episode in constitutional history that according to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall "was perhaps the first instance in which the Court demonstrated that the Fourteenth Amendment and the equal protection clause have any substantive meaning to the people of the African-American race."


Text of the Constitution

United States Supreme Court Official Web Site

National Constitution Center

"Justice Talking: Constitution Day"
The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

"Exploring Constitutional Law"
by Doug Linder, Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School

OYEZ Supreme Court Multi-Media
("On This Day" in Supreme Court History, Justices, Cases, News)

Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)
Archive of Supreme Court decisions searchable by topic, by author, by plaintiffs & defendants)

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