MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—A federal judge will discuss the states’ role in protecting individual liberties, such as free speech and equal protection, at West Virginia University’s annual observance of Constitution Day .
The lecture will begin at noon on September 17 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at WVU Law. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, argues that much of constitutional law is made at the state level. This includes the bedrock guarantees of equal protection, criminal procedure, privacy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Sutton is the author of “51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law” (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Constitution Day at WVU Law is co-sponsored by The Federalist Society student organization.
Former West Virginia senator Robert Byrd (1917-2010) sponsored the legislation that established a national Constitution Day in 2004. The law requires that all publicly funded educational institutions provide special programming on or near that day every year. WVU Law’s annual Constitution Day program fulfills that requirement for West Virginia University.