The Rehnquist Center was established at the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2006.
The center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.
A number of important recent Supreme Court cases will be reviewed during Constitution Day, which will be held at the University of Arizona this month.
University professors and former deans will review the cases with judges from courts in various parts of the U.S. during the event, hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center.
The center, located at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law, has coordinated Constitution Day events for 12 consecutive years.
The Sept. 16 event will be 2-5 p.m. in Room 164 of the College of Law, located at 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. A reception will follow the event.
Reservations are not required to attend the event, but space is limited. Individuals who are interested in earning continuing legal education credit for attending the event should contact Donna Shafer at 520-626-1629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panelists of experts will review four U.S. Supreme Court cases.
The first is Christian Legal Society Chapter of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, AKA Hastings Christian Fellowship vs. Martinez et al.
The case questioned whether the Christian Legal Society at the University of California had violated First Amendment rights and whether student-led organizations must be all inclusive of members regardless of sexual orientation or "status."
The second is McDonald vs. Chicago, which questioned ordinances that served to prohibit having handguns at one's home.
Free Enterprise Fund vs. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board concerned the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's formation as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The court ruled the formation unconstitutional.
And Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee was concerned with independent corporate and union spending for political broadcasts during elections.
The panelists include:
- Maureen Mahoney, a member of the Supreme Court and appellate practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Mahoney also is a former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General and member of the Rehnquist Center Advisory Board.
- The Honorable Neil V. Wake of the U.S. District Court in the District of Arizona.
- Toni Massaro, UA Regents' Professor, Dean Emerita and the Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law at the UA law school.
- David Marcus, a UA associate professor of law at the UA law school
Also, Sally Rider, the Rehnquist Center director, will moderate the discussion.
The free public presentation is being held in conjunction with a nationwide commemoration of Constitution Day.
The UA event, which received support from the Wings Like Eagles Foundation, is sponsored by the non-partisan Rehnquist Center at the James E. Rogers College of Law with the generous support of the Marshall Foundation.