Constitution Day at San Diego Mesa College

In celebration of Constitution Day, San Diego Mesa College welcomes the Honorable Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, to the campus for a discussion on “The Internet and the Constitution: Frontiers of Constitutional Law.” The discussion will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Humanities Lecture classroom G-101.

The award-winning Mesa College Olympian Speech and Debate Team will also host a demonstration of snapshots of historical speeches related to the U.S. Constitution. The demonstration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room H-117/118, next to the cafeteria. Both events are open to the public.

Judge M. Margaret McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton and confirmed in 1998. She is also an adjunct professor at University of San Diego Law School.

“Judge McKeown is distinguished in the issues of intellectual property and First Amendment rights,” said Mesa history Professor Jonathan McLeod. “We are honored to have her present a lecture and discussion on the issues of the internet and constitutional law.”

Most Americans recognize that the 4th day of July marks our nation’s birthday. Only a few are aware that September 17th is the birthday of our government. On that date in 1787, 39 of the 55 original delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.

On December 8, 2004, President George W. Bush signed a bill, proposed by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia that designates every September 17th as Constitution Day. As a result, any educational institution that receives federal funds is mandated to celebrate Constitution Day by offering an educational program, on or around the holiday.

 

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To view the language of the entire U.S. Constitution, visit:
The U.S. Constitution Online