Bench Memos

Constitution Day Events in D.C.

This Thursday, September 17, is Constitution Day—the 222nd anniversary of the Constitutional Convention’s unanimous 1787 resolution that “the preceeding Constitution be laid before the United States in Congress assembled, and that it is the Opinion of this Convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the People thereof, under the Recommendation of its Legislature, for their Assent and Ratification.…”


To mark the occasion, two of the nation’s most outstanding constitutional thinkers will deliver lectures in D.C., both of which I hope to attend.  At noon at the Heritage Foundation, Charles R. Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, will present a lecture titled “Picture of Silver, Apple of Gold:  Withstanding the Assault on America’s Constitutional Principles.”  At 5:00, Stanford law professor (and former Tenth Circuit judge) Michael W. McConnell will cap the Cato Institute’s day-long celebration of Constitution Day with his lecture “Natural Rights and the Effect of Partial Enumeration.” 

Addendum:  Let me also highlight the lecture—“Is the Constitution Relevant Today?”—that former Attorney General (and great champion of originalism) Ed Meese will deliver at Georgetown University at 5:00.  The lectured is sponsored by Georgetown’s Tocqueville Forum.