Tomorrow, a prestigious group of folks will gather to honor the United States Constitution. Because Friday is Constitution Day, similar (though perhaps less prestigious) groups may be chatting near you; Google it, get out there and constitutionalize!

The event (for which I’m still trying to clear my schedule so that I may attend) is at the University of Arizona Law School. The approach of their William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government is to analyze five high-profile cases—whose resolution may tell us a lot about our nation and the Court.

Among those who will be speaking (full press release below) is Linda Greenhouse, formerly a reporter with the New York Times. She covered the United States Supreme Court and even wrote a book on Justice Blackmun.

In 2007, I had the opportunity to interview Greenhouse. Typically, reporters are not crazy about being interviewed themselves, but our meeting was a pleasure. You can read our Q&A here.

Here is the full press release. I hope to see you there (and if I’m there, I’ll post in various spots; keep your eyes peeled for #UAConstitution on Twitter).

13th Annual Constitution Day Supreme Court Review

The William H. Rehnquist Center will present a review of important cases decided during the most recent term of the United States Supreme Court at an upcoming public program:

Friday, September 16, 2011

1:00 – 4:15 p.m. (reception to follow)

James E. Rogers College of Law

1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

The free presentation will be held in conjunction with a commemoration of Constitution Day, an annual event celebrated in schools and communities nationwide, marking the day in 1787 that the United States Constitution was approved by the state delegations to the Constitutional Convention and signed by thirty-nine of its framers.  The event is sponsored by the non-partisan Rehnquist Center at the James E. Rogers College of Law.  Additional information about Constitution Day is available here.

As space is limited, registration is recommended. Online registration is available here. Those interested in obtaining CLE credit should contact Marlene Cooksey at 530-626-5022 or via email at

Program panelists include:

  • Linda Greenhouse, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale University;
  • The Honorable Neil Wake, United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • R. (Ted) Edward Cruz, a partner in the law firm of Morgan Lewis, and head of the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice, former Solicitor General of Texas, and a former law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist;
  • Toni Massaro, Regents’ Professor, Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law and Dean Emerita of the James E. Rogers College of Law;
  • David Marcus, Associate Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, who will moderate the discussion.

The cases to be discussed are:

The Rehnquist Center was established at the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2006 and is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.  Information on the Center is available here.