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UK to host public reading of US Constitution for Constitution Day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2022) — Tomorrow is Constitution Day — the American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law has been celebrating Constitution Day with a series of events this week, and the college will host a public reading of the entirety of the Constitution beginning noon today (Friday), Sept. 16. The reading will take place in the Stites & Harbison PLLC Commons, located on the second floor of the law building. UK Rosenberg Law faculty and staff will take turns reading.

On Tuesday, Joshua Douglas, the Ashland, Inc.- Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, spoke to students about voting rights laws in an event co-hosted by the Law Library and UK Student Government Association. Douglas gave an overview of the Voting Rights Act and took questions related to voter identification laws and the electoral college. Second-year law student Bailey Pierce moderated the event. Participants received a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution at the event.

On Thursday, Jonathan Shaub, UK assistant professor of law, also spoke to students on the amendment process and the status of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Additionally, students have been taking part in Constitution trivia in the law library throughout the week.

Learn more about Constitution Day at www.archives.gov/news/topics/constitution-day.

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