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Law School to Host Constitution Day, Sept. 17

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009—On Sept. 17, 2009, the University of Minnesota Law School, on behalf of the entire University of Minnesota system, will once again present a program commemorating the U.S. Constitution. One CLE credit has been requested.

"We the People:" Constitution Day 2009
September 17, 2009
University of Minnesota Law School
Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
12:15—1:15 p.m.

For those who can not join us in person, this event will be webcast live via Ustream.TV:


I. Introduction

II. "Upcoming Supreme Court Cases"
David Stras, Professor of Law; Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Politics.

This talk will focus on important constitutional law cases coming before the Supreme Court, such as Free Enterprise v. PCAOB, a separation of powers and appointments clause case concerning the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; FEC v. Citizens United, a First Amendment case addressing the continued viability of portions of McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation; and Sullivan v. Florida/Graham v. Florida, a case questioning whether the Eighth Amendment bars life imprisonment for juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses.

III. "Protecting the Great Lakes Against Thirsty Southerners"
Fred L. Morrison, Popham, Haik, Lindquist & Vennum Professor of Law

This presentation will examine the constitutional and international dimensions of the Great Lakes Water Resources Council Compact that was approved by Congress last year.

IV. "Torturing the Constitution"
Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law; Director, Institute for Legal & Security Studies This talk will evaluate the constitutionality of waterboarding and other forms of interrogational torture.