Indiana Supreme Court, ACLU celebrate Constitution Day

September 17, 2012
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If you are a faithful reader of this blog or a history buff, then you know today is Constitution Day. Three Indiana justices will travel around the state this week visiting schools in honor of Constitution Day.

The U.S. Constitution was signed 225 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787. In addition to marking the signing of the Constitution, today recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens. The day is also used an educational tool for students.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Justices Steven David and Mark Massa will visit 10 schools this week as a part of Constitution Day events. More than 40 schools applied to have a justice visit their school. Each year, organizations like Courts in the Classroom work to provide opportunities for students and the general public to learn more about the history and significance of the Constitution.

Think about how exciting it must be for students – especially those interested in U.S. history and the courts – to have a member of the Supreme Court visit their school. Many times, the justices work and deal with the legal community, so this program is a great way to make the Supreme Court more visible to the general public and potential future judges and justices.

Also this evening, the ACLU of Indiana is holding two Constitution Day events. In Indianapolis, Gilbert Holmes, former executive director of the ACLU of Indiana, will introduce the movie "American Violet," which is being showing at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at 5 p.m. McKinney professor Lahny R. Silva will speak after the movie about racial disparities in the criminal justice system and plea bargaining.

In New Albany, Executive Director Jane Henegar will join Drs. Rhonda Wrzenski and Thomas Kotulak and Clark Circuit Judge Daniel Moore at "Constitution Day, Empowering the Individual Citizen" at Indiana University Southeast. The speakers will discuss how people can learn more about civil liberties in the U.S. and how to get involved in one's community. The event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hoosier Room on the ground floor of University Center North.

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