Noted constitutional law scholar Louis Michael Seidman, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law School, will present “Constitutional Skepticism” at Mercer Law School's Constitution Day celebration. The event will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the first floor moot courtroom of the Law School. It is free and open to the public. The Constitution Day Lecture has been approved for 1 CLE credit hour. Attorneys may register on-site the day of the lecture. The registration fee is $5.
Seidman will speak during the University's observance of Constitution Day, a national holiday that commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Established by federal law in 2004, Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The day is also designed to recognize those who have become U.S. citizens.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, Professor Seidman served as a law clerk for J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He then was a staff attorney with the D.C. Public Defender Service until joining the Law Center faculty in 1976. He teaches a variety of courses in the fields of constitutional and criminal law. He is co-author of a constitutional law casebook and the author of many articles concerning criminal justice and constitutional law. His most recent books areOn Constitutional Disobedience(Oxford, 2012);Silence and Freedom(Stanford 2007);Equal Protection of the Laws(Foundation 2002); andOur Unsettled Constitution: A New Defense of Constitutionalism and Judicial Review(Yale 2001). In 2011, Seidman was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.