Summer 2003

ABA/Section to Sponsor Program at Grand
Opening of National Constitution Center

On Thursday, July 10, 2003, the Section and ABA will present the program, "The Bill of Rights in a Time of Crisis," to help celebrate the Fourth of July grand opening of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa. A. P. Carlton, Jr., ABA President, will open the program, and Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School will serve as moderator. Panelists include Judges Marjorie Rendell and Theodore McKee of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Cherif Bassiouni, President of the International Human Rights Law Institute at the DePaul University College of Law; Elaine R. Jones, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director of the International Law and Organization Program, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and John Yoo, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
The National Constitution Center will be the only national museum devoted entirely to education about the Constitution. It is designed to be a revolutionary, interactive education outreach facility that tells the story of the American system of government in the city of its birth. An estimated one million visitors will pass through its doors each year, and its outreach initiative will tell the story to many millions more-around the nation and the world-through multi-media broadcasts, educational materials, and Internet programming.
The ABA program is intended to educate high school students and the general public about the essential role that the Bill of Rights has played in securing our civil rights and civil liberties within the government's constitutional framework. Part I of the program will feature Philadelphia high school students in a "Dialogue on Freedom" organized around a hypothetical fact pattern that challenges the strength, then underscores the value, of the Bill of Rights, particularly in the post-September 11 age. Part II will be a "town hall-style" roundtable discussion featuring pre-eminent jurists, practitioners, and constitutional scholars exploring the Bill of Rights in the modern age more generally. Set for 9:00 a. m. to noon in the Center's Kirby Auditorium (525 Arch St., Independence Mall), the program will be open to the public, and admission will be free of charge. Public seating will be limited, however; please call the Center at 215/409-6600 for reservations.
For more information about the Bill of Rights Project and the program, contact Michael Pates, Project Director (tel.: 202/662-1025; e-mail: PatesM@staff.abanet.org).

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