President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8, 2004 (Public Law 108-447) that designates every September 17 as Constitution Day. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution.
2016 Constitution Day Events
To mark the day in 2016, a number of talks and presentations will take place on the UW campus. All events are free and open to the public.
First Monday Supreme Court Review
4–5 p.m., Friday, September 16
2nd floor, UW Law School
This program focuses on high-profile cases decided this past term by the United States Supreme Court. Presentations will analyze these decisions and examine how they will impact our legal system in areas such as criminal law, health care reform, and individual freedoms.
Constitutional Law Classes
Guests are invited to observe the following constitutional law classes:
Constitutional Law ⅠI with Professor David Schwartz
10:30–11:50 a.m., Thursday, September 15
Room 3260 , UW Law School
This course covers civil and individual rights at the federal level. Emphasis is on the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, including substantive due process, privacy, discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference and other characteristics, fundamental rights and affirmative action. The 1st Amendment is also reviewed, including the freedoms of speech, the press, association and religion.
Religion and the Constitution with Professor Ann Althouse
, Thursday, September 15
Room 3260, UW Law School,
This course covers the Free Exercise and Religion Clauses of the Constitution.
Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site includes a transcript of the Constitution, images of the original document and other facts and background information.
Also produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers activities, lesson plans and other information for teachers and students at all levels.
This site is produced by the National Constitution Center, and provides more information about Constitution Day along with activities, lesson plans and other resources.