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September 19, 2022

Pre-law program to host Constitution Day event at 4 p.m. Sept. 20

Submitted by Office of Student Success

Each year, the pre-law program hosts a Constitution Day event to engage the campus and community to discuss an important legal topic. Join us at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in 127 Leadership Studies Building. 

This year's Constitution Day Legal Speaker is Lumen Mulligan, the Earl B. Schurtz research professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law. Mulligan and Tracey Lee, K-State business law professor and former Pre-Law Advisor, will host an informational discussion about the Constitutional right to privacy.

The conversation will focus on two constitutional analyses: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, 2022, and the Kansas Supreme Court decision, Hodes and Nauser v. Schmidt, 2019. Attendees of this Legal Speaker event will better understand the protections under Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights, and how the Kansas Supreme Court's analysis differs from that of the U.S. Supreme Court interpreting the 14th Amendment. We will tie in other recent U.S. Supreme Court cases that rely on similar reasoning as Dobbs. Finally, we will address the upcoming statewide vote that will ask Kansans whether they want to retain our Supreme Court justices.