The First State Celebrates Constitution Day 2009

About This Constitution Day Project


This site was created to give members of the "First State" - and our friends in other states - an opportunity to collectively celebrate Constitution Day. This new national observance is marked each year on September 17, the date the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. Delaware, the first state to ratify the Constitution, hopes to once again take the lead by setting an example for how a state can meaningfully celebrate Constitution Day.

But what should we celebrate about the Constitution? Why, after all, is the Constitution so important for Americans? What values does it embody? And what role does each of us have in ensuring that the Constitution remains vibrant?

This website provides a forum for us to consider these questions. This year, and hopefully for many more to come, it will be a place where we can reflect upon the ties that bind us together, and the responsibilities that each of us has to ensure that our ambitious experiment in self-governance continues to flourish.

photo of Indendence Hall

The host of this site, Widener University School of Law, is the only law school in the state of Delaware. The Law School is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Widener provides an all-around comprehensive legal education program with special certificates available from its Health Law Institute, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation, the Law and Government Institute, Advocacy and Technology Institute, and the Institute of Delaware Corporate Law and Business Law. The law school also has another branch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Alan Garfield, the Founder and Coordinator of the Constitution Day Project, is a Professor of Law at Widener. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Professor Garfield writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Copyright and Contracts. He recently served as the chair of the Association of American Law School Section on Mass Communication Law.