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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 6, 2006

Law School To Celebrate Constitution Day

The University of Iowa College of Law will commemorate Constitution Day with appearances by New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse and the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Constitution Day activities commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 17, 1787, passage of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, Greenhouse will discuss the recent history of the U.S. Supreme Court when she delivers the 2006 Levitt Lecture, "A Work in Progress? Continuity and Change on the U.S. Supreme Court." The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day observances continue on Friday, Sept. 15, when the College of Law renews its annual Supreme Court Day tradition. All seven justices of the Iowa Supreme Court are expected to be at the law school to meet with faculty and students. The justices will also hear a mock trial case argued by students on the law school's moot court teams.

Oral arguments in the mock trial case begin at 2 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Those who attend will also receive pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution.

In addition, retiring Chief Justice Louis Lavorato and Associate Justice James H. Carter will be recognized for their service to the court and their ongoing support of Supreme Court Day. Both are retiring from the bench in October.

Supreme Court Day is held yearly to honor the state's top court, and it recognizes the college's origins, which began in 1865 when then Chief Justice George G. Wright founded the law school in his judicial chambers.

Recent federal legislation requires all educational facilities that accept federal money to provide instruction about the Constitution on Constitution Day.

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