Cameron University’s annual Constitution Day observance to examine Constitutional challenges

Cameron University will join colleges and universities across the nation to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17 with “Constitutional Challenges in 2014 and Beyond.” The keynote address will be presented by Brady R. Henderson, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. The event takes place in CU's CETES Conference Center at 2 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

Since its adoption in 1789, the United States Constitution has served as the supreme law of the United States of America and delineates the national frame of government. The Constitution is interpreted, supplemented and implemented by a large body of constitutional law. Recent challenges to the Constitution include the issues of executions in the state of Oklahoma, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, marriage equality, open records legislation, government surveillance, and situations involving the First Amendment, among others.

Henderson has been a member of the Oklahoma legal community since 2006. As an Assistant District Attorney, he served as a domestic violence prosecutor and advocate for the people of Cleveland County. Before joining ACLU Oklahoma in September 2012, he managed his own practice specializing in civil rights, criminal defense and general litigation. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Henderson serves as president of the Oklahoma Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. 

Cameron’s observance of Constitution Day is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and Government, and the Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Constitution Day commemorates September 17, 1787, a key point in U.S. history, when the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that defined and separated powers of the federal government. Voting, debating the issues, gathering to meet in public and in private, criticizing or praising your government, observing a religion of choice and pursuing an education and a career are just a few of the pursuits guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

For more information about Constitution Day, go to www.constitutioncenter.org.

For more information about this event, contact Lance Janda at 580-581-2499 or lancej@cameron.edu.

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September 8, 2014
PR# 14-142