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Constitution Day 2023: Prosecuting Presidents

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University of Illinois College of Law
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
Sep 15, 2023   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Free and open to the public.
Carolyn Turner
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Constitution Day 2023: Prosecuting Presidents  
Friday, September 15

Donald J. Trump is the only former or sitting American president ever to be indicted in federal or state court. What are the challenges and risks in prosecuting a former president? How will the criminal trials proceed? What are the implications for the 2024 presidential election in which Trump is running for reelection? What happens if Trump is convicted and sentenced to prison but wins the White House? May a president pardon himself? What lessons are there from other countries in which former presidents have been prosecuted? A panel of experts will discuss the many issues on the horizon. 

Andrew D. Leipold
Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law
Director, Program in Criminal Law and Procedure

Jacqueline E. Ross
Prentice H. Marshall Professor of Law
Program in Comparative Criminal Procedure and Policing

Rodger A. Heaton
Former United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois

Boxed lunches will be provided to lecture attendees.
Sponsored by the Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law

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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