Each year, in September, WMU-Cooley Law School joins the nationwide focus on the U.S. Constitution, commemorating the formation and signing of the historic document by focusing on a number of timely political and electoral issues. The official annual Constitution Day celebration takes place on Sept. 17, with this year’s observation date falling on Friday, Sept. 16. At WMU-Cooley, the celebration often gets extended, and this year continues into the following week.
The WMU-Cooley campus in Tampa will celebrate Monday, Sept. 19, noon-1 p.m. with a political discussion. With election day less than two months away, panelists will discuss Clinton vs Trump as part of the law school’s annual Constitution Day activities. Constitutional Law expert and professor Brendan Beery, recent winner of the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award, will lead discussions regarding how results of the election will affect the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution. During the discussion, Beery will analyze how legal issues, such as abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights, could change depending on who is elected president.
In Auburn Hills, the events take place Friday, Sept. 16. In honor of Constitution Day, the Hon. Michael Warren of Oakland County’s Sixth Circuit Court will present “The Presidency: Electors, Elections & Campaigns 1789-Today” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Following the presentation Warren will lead a discussion about how the Constitution’s founders would react to Clinton vs Trump.
In Grand Rapids, events are focused primarily on the WMU-Cooley student audience. In observance of Constitution Day, WMU-Cooley Law School is holding a Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Participants will pick up a list of questions from Professor Devin Schindler or Professor Victoria Vuletich. Participants will visit the new exhibits at the museum the morning of the 17th, using the exhibits to answer the list of questions. Professors Schindler and Vuletich will then meet the participants for lunch to discuss Watergate and the pardon at a local restaurant. Small prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
In Lansing, the celebration will take place later in the month with campus organizers currently working on finalizing activities.