Sep 252009
 
 September 25, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, U.S.

Matt Hutchins reports in the Harvard Law Record:

On the 222nd anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Harvard University fulfilled its federally mandated celebration of the Constitution by convening a panel of experts to examine what aspects of the document deserve to be celebrated and what parts are deserving of our criticism. Moderated by Nancy Rosenblum, the Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics and Chair of the Department of Government at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the panel featured Harvard Law School Professors Charles Fried, Michael Klarman, and Mark Tushnet, along with Kennedy School Professor Alexander Keyssar and visiting professor Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas School of Law. Prof. Rosenblum recognized that the statutory requirement of recognizing the value of the Constitution may seem a bit heavy-handed, it is a cause worth taking up, given the depressing statistic that more Americans can name the Three Stooges than the three branches of the federal government. But while the average American may seem to be growing more ignorant of the constitution with each passing day, the diversity and intensity of the panelists’ opinions revealed a document which has only grown more controversial with the passage of time.

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