UC Berkeley News


Constitution Day at Cal

At Berkeley, Constitution Day observances will be spread over a week and a half. In addition to the events listed below, the day will be noted in Memorial Stadium during halftime of the football match-up against Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Cal Student Store has also created a special display in observation of the day.

A Constitutional Look at Marriage Equality
Monday, Sept. 12, 5:45 p.m., FSM Café at Moffitt Library
Cal Berkeley Democrats will be screening Freedom to Marry, a documentary about gay marriage from directors Laurie York and Carmen Goodyear. A discussion following the screening will include Davina Kotulski, author of Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage, a handbook addressing the arguments against marriage equality.

Refreshments will be served from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the program. Seating is limited; attendees are advised to arrive early. Sponsors are the Free Speech Movement Educational Program Series and the Library. For information, e-mail fsm-info@library.berkeley.edu.

Beyond the PATRIOT Act
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., 110 Barrows
The Berkeley American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will screen Beyond the PATRIOT Act, a new film from the producers of Unconstitutional and Outfoxed. After the screening, Jeffrey Mittman of the ACLU of Northern California will lead a discussion of the PATRIOT Act.

For information, contact Rosha Jones at rjones@berkeley.edu.

The Path of Constitutional Law: Continuity, Crossroads, or Crises?
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Boalt Hall School of Law
Six of the nation's top legal scholars will address such questions as "How well has the Constitution mediated society's most basic conflicts? What are the most important issues that remain unsettled in constitutional law? Can the U.S. Constitution be adapted to the challenges that lie ahead?" Panelists include Earl Warren Professor of Law Jesse Choper; Boalt Dean and Professor of Law Christopher Edley; the Hon. William Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals; Professor Emeritus Richard Jennings, Assistant Professor Erin Murphy, Professor John Yoo, and Assistant Professor and moderator Goodwin Liu, all of the law school. Choper, Fletcher, Liu, and Yoo are all former law clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The program will be videotaped for airing on UCTV, the University of California's television service, in early October.