Constitution Day to be observed at William Woods University

US-ConstitutionRecent landmark Supreme Court decisions, including the one on same-sex marriage, will be discussed at William Woods University on Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 17.

Cynthia Kramer, professor of legal studies, will review cases she thought would be of interest to students.  The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Model Courtroom in Burton Business Building.

Constitution Day is a day for American citizens to remember and celebrate the signing of the Constitution with various activities, events or demonstrations across the United States. The Constitution is considered the most influential legal document in existence.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, to sign the document they had created, the Constitution of the United States. At the convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches–executive, legislative and judicial–along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power.

The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries. Although the Constitution was signed in USconstitution1787, it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.

Kramer will examine controversial Supreme Court cases that were decided during its last term, including Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage) and Glossip v. Gross (lethal injection).

“I will be discussing the Constitutional foundations of those cases and the implications,” said Kramer. “I will also discuss some of the recent controversy surrounding the conflict between the decisions and other possible Constitutional rights, such as freedom of religion.”