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Constitution Day 2022: Interpreting the Constitution

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University of Illinois College of Law
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
Sep 16, 2022   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Free and open to the public

In celebration of Constitution Day 2022,
the University of Illinois College of Law presents:

Interpreting the Constitution

How should the U.S. Constitution be interpreted and applied in the twenty-first century? Which kinds of textual readings make most sense? Is originalism preferable to viewing the Constitution as a living document? Should tradition inform the scope of governmental powers and of individual rights? What is the proper place of stare decisis in constitutional decision-making? Are pragmatic considerations relevant? Recent Supreme Court cases have highlighted these and related questions. Join a panel of experts to consider the benefits, downsides, and implications of different interpretive approaches.  

Friday, September 16
12 – 1 p.m.

Max L. Rowe Auditorium
Law Building

Vikram David Amar

Dean & Iwan Foundation Professor of Law

Jason Mazzone
Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law &
Director, Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Also available to view via Livestream:

A limited number of box lunches are available for lecture attendees.

About Constitution Day:
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the final draft of the U.S. Constitution. It then went to the states for ratification. Today, federal law designates September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Each year, the College of Law hosts a special event on behalf of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to commemorate the occasion.

Learn more about Constitution Day at

For more information:
Carolyn Turner, Assistant Dean for Administration

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