On September 17, 2015 Thomas Jefferson School of Law celebrated Constitution Day by hosting an interactive viewing of the documentary A Conversation About the Constitution. Sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice, the event was used as a springboard to generate dialogue among attendees about the Constitution.
“I think the Constitution of the United States is one of the most beautiful documents ever devised,” said Tom Curl 3L, who participated in the question and answer portion. “The growth and change of which is fascinating to follow as a legal scholar.”
Professor Bryan Wildenthal, whose scholarship focuses on the Constitution and has been cited by the Supreme Court, was on hand to answer questions. Among the topics discussed were tyranny of the majority, judicial independence, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the cases to watch, such as Fisher v. University of Texas, on the Supreme Court’s docket.
“The Constitution is the backbone of the law. That’s why we’re here and I wanted to get a much more in depth view,” said Christina Cetto 1L. “The event was great. It was informative, Professor Wildenthal was very knowledgeable about what he had to say. And he broke it down into easily digestible pieces.”
“This was a chance to discuss the Constitution with our students and community. It was also a great opportunity to hear from Professor Wildenthal,” said Professor Kaimipono Wenger, director of the Center for Law and Social Justice. “It was great to see a number of students at the event, and the Q&A was really great. The Center is looking forward to holding other events this year as well -- stay tuned for details.”