To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
Constitution Day activities at ASU since 2006 are listed below. From 2006 to 2017, the ASU Library hosted various Constitution Day events.
Starting in 2017, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership https://scetl.asu.edu/ has hosted an Annual Constitution Day Lecture. https://scetl.asu.edu/annual-constitution-day-lecture
At the Constitutional Convention, the delegates struggled to create a presidency with sufficient authority to lead the nation, but without creating an elective monarch. This lecture will outline the little-known story of how the framers went about that task, and its implications for today.
The ASU School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomes Michael McConnell to Arizona State University where he will present the 2019 Constitution Day Address.
About the Speaker
Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2002 to the summer of 2009, he served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. McConnell has held chaired professorships at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah, and visiting professorships at Harvard and NYU. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, especially church and state, equal protection and constitutional structure. According to a recent study, his work has been cited in opinions of the Supreme Court second most often of any legal scholar during the past decade. He is co-editor of three books: "Religion and the Law", "Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought" and "The Constitution of the United States". McConnell has argued fifteen cases in the Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2017 winner of the Rex E. Lee Appellate Advocacy Award, and the recipient of honorary doctorates from Notre Dame University and the Michigan State University College of Law. He served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and is Of Counsel to the appellate practice of Kirkland & Ellis.