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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the anniversary of the day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Congress met to affirm and sign the Constitution of the United States.

Constitution and Bill of Rights

To foster an understanding of the Constitution and its role in our civic life, Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat from West Virginia, offered an amendment to a Senate bill that requires all educational institutions that receive federal funds to provide information and programs to mark the anniversary.

A special Constitution exhibit will be displayed in the One Stop area in Lone Mountain for the week of September 16-20.

Constitution Day Activity

Big Brother in the 21st Century? Constitutionality of the NSA’s Surveillance Program
Tuesday, September 17th, 12:00-1:20pm
USF School of Law
Kendrick Hall, Room 101

A media firestorm over the last few months has revealed just how extensively the National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted surveillance of our communications and those of foreign citizens.  Whether or not you view Edward Snowden as justified in leaking the NSA's programs to the press, the question persists: has the NSA been respecting our constitutional rights?  Please join USF Professors Susan Freiwald (Law School), Robert Elias (Arts and Sciences) David Greene (Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Law School Adjunct Professor) as they discuss whether the NSA’s surveillance program is legal under the 4th Amendment and the 1st Amendment.  They will also address the surveillance of Americans abroad, including who can raise constitutional claims.

As the City’s first university, USF has 157-year commitment to education and takes seriously its responsibility to be a convener of discussions that matter to the City and its community members. This event is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be served. In observation of Constitution Day, pocket sized copies of the constitution will be available to attendees.

Hosted by University of San Francisco School of Law with support provided by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.

Questions? Contact the School of Law, Deans’ Office, 415-422-6304

Constitution Day Resources