Annual Constitution Day Website Focuses on the Economy
Web Editor - Published: September 16, 2011
ConDayGARFIELD Front of WEBSITE HOME“The economy, for better or worse, is the dominant theme of the day, and both of our themes are highly topical: Congress is currently considering a balanced budget amendment and there is split in the circuit courts over the constitutionality of the health care law, making Supreme Court review more likely,” says Professor Alan Garfield when discussing the theme of this year’s Constitution Day website.

“Specifically, we're focusing on two topics. Congress is currently considering proposals for a balanced budget amendment, and federal appellate courts have split over the individual mandate’s constitutionality, making Supreme Court review more likely,” continues Garfield.

Professor Garfield conceived of an online project to honor the September 17th federal observance of Constitution Day, and he has been instrumental in carrying it forward each year since 2006. Each year, he chooses a theme and solicits authors to write essays. Portions of this year’s collection will also be republished throughout the week leading up to Constitution Day on the editorial pages of The News Journal, based in Wilmington, Del., through a partnership between the law school and the newspaper.

The essay authors are:
  • David Primo – Professor, Rochester University
  • Elizabeth Price Foley – Professor FIU College of Law
  • Eric Segall – Professor, Georgia State University School of Law
  • Erwin Chemerinsky – Professor, UC Irvine Law School
  • Laurence Seidman – Professor, University of Delaware
  • Nick Rahall – Congressman, West Virginia (D)
  • Orrin G. Hatch – Senator, Utah (R)