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ASU school's first annual Constitution Day lecture to explore 'The Renaissance of Federalism'

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The Honorable Clint Bolick, associate justice, Arizona Supreme Court, is scheduled as the inaugural speaker for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's first annual Constitution Day lecture.

September 08, 2017

Arizona State University’s new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership is establishing a new campus tradition with its inaugural Constitution Day lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, when the honorable Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court associate justice, shares his thoughts on “The Renaissance of Federalism.” To register, visit

The school will host the first annual lecture to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution to promote both understanding and appreciation of our nation’s fundamental law. September 17, 1787 was the final day of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; with George Washington presiding as the president of the convention, the delegates who supported the final draft added their signatures to the text.

“We are delighted that a distinguished legal advocate, scholar, and now state Supreme Court justice will deliver the inaugural lecture,” said school director Paul Carrese. “Each year we set aside a day to remind us that the Constitution is the ultimate standard for our legal system and the rule of law in the United States. To understand what is at stake in important debates, like the one concerning Federalism, one, we continue to study and discuss the Constitution.”

Justice Bolick was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in January 2016 to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Bolick litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts from coast to coast, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Among other positions, he served as Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and as Co-founder and Vice President for Litigation at the Institute for Justice.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception with light hors d'oeuvre. Off-campus guests who park in the Fulton Center parking garage on the corner of College Avenue and University Drive may bring their parking tickets to the event check-in for validation .

Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE) is available for those in the legal community who attend. The Arizona State Bar does not approve or accredit CLE activities or the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hour(s) toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hours of professional responsibility. CLE participants can register via the link on the event's RSVP page.

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership is a new school in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that looks beyond time and borders to explore the fundamental questions of life, freedom, and governance.

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