On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 men who changed the course of history. Case Western Reserve University and thousands of other institutions throughout the country will join in celebrations marking the historic event.
On September 14, Case will observe the occasion by hosting Louis Fisher, a specialist with the Law Library of the Library of Congress, during the Second Annual Constitution Day Forum. The topic of discussion will be "How is the Constitution Made Outside of the Courts?" The forum begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.
Fisher is the author of several books, including "President and Congress," "Constitutional Conflicts Between Congress and the President," and "Political Dynamics of Constitutional Law." In addition, he has written more than 300 articles in law reviews, political science journals, encyclopedias, books, magazines and newspapers. He has been invited to testify before Congress on issues such as war powers, executive spending discretion, Congress and the Constitution, CIA whistleblowing, and the legislative veto. Prior to the Library of Congress, Fisher worked for the Congressional Research Service from 1970 to 2006. During his service there, he was director of the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, writing major sections of the final report.
Joining Fisher for the discussion will be Jonathan Entin, professor of law, and U.S. Rep. Tom Sawyer (retired). Gary J. Simson, dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Professor for the College of Law, will provide opening remarks, while Joseph White, chairman of the political science department and Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, will moderate.
For more information about Constitution Day, visit the official Web site at http://www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday/display/MainS/Home?ShowChildren=false.
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