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Law Day – 2017

Posted by Joan Bellistri on May 1, 2017

law_day_2017_300x300On May 1st, we celebrate the rule of law and the role of the law and legal processes, including the court system, in promoting democracy and freedom through our celebration of Law Day. First envisioned by the American Bar Association’s then-president, Charles S. Rhyne, in 1957, National Law Day was established as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and May 1st was designated as the official date of celebration by a joint resolution of Congress in 1961.

The topic of this year’s Law Day is the Fourteenth Amendment.  Consisting of five sections, it is the following language from Section 1 which is a cornerstone of the Amendment’s extension of federal guarantees of equal protection and due process to all citizens:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Until the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868 there was no provision in the federal Constitution or federal law to prevent the States from enacting laws that “denied to their own citizens the equal protection of laws or deprived them of life, liberty, and property, without due process of law.”  Westel Woodbury Willoughby, The Constitutional Law of the United States at 177-78 (1910).

Representative John Bingham of Ohio played an important role both in drafting crucial language of the Amendment and ensuring its passage in Congress and ratification, was called by Justice Hugo Black “the Madison … of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

For a more detailed analysis please see the section on the 14th Amendment in Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ – the Federal Digital System.

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Constitutional Law Resources

Posted by Chi Song on May 9, 2016

In honor of this year’s Law Day Theme, Miranda: More than Words, we would like to highlight the Constitutional Law Resources that are available at the Law Library. The Law Library’s collection includes the United States Constitution; however, you can read the U.S. Constitution as well as other primary documents in American History online through the Library of Congress’s website here.

Available treatises on Constitutional Law include the following:

  • American Constitutional Law (Tribe) – KF 4550 .T785 2000
  • Modern Constitutional Law (Antieau) – KF 4550 .A75 1997
  • Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Rotunda) – KF 4550 .R63 2007
  • Constitutional Rights of the Accused (Cook) – KF 9619 .C64 1996
  • A Conceptualization of the Fourth Amendment (Moylan) – KF 9630 .Z9 M93 1997

Law Review articles are another good resource for Constitutional Law research. The Law Library’s HeinOnline subscription, which can be accessed in-person at the Law Library, includes the following collections:

  • Law Journal Library, which includes American Bar Association Journals, Core U.S. Journals, Criminal Justice Journals as well as Most-Cited Law Journals
  • U.S. Supreme Court Library

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the U.S. Constitution, check out the Georgetown Law Library’s Constitutional Law and History Research Guide here.

For assistance with your Constitutional Law research, please contact us at the Law Library!

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Law Day 2016!

Posted by Chi Song on May 2, 2016

LawDay2016_Miranda_Graphic_navy_smYesterday was Law Day. Each year, on May 1st, we celebrate the rule of law and the role of the law and legal processes, including the court system, in promoting democracy and freedom through our celebration of Law Day. First envisioned by the American Bar Association’s then-president, Charles S. Rhyne, in 1957, National Law Day was established as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and May 1st was designated as the official date of celebration by a joint resolution of Congress in 1961.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona, and in the past 50 years, the Miranda warning, “You have the right to remain silent…” has become a part of America’s popular consciousness. This year’s theme is Miranda: More than Words, and it explores the U.S. Constitution’s procedural protections including and beyond Miranda v. Arizona. You can learn more about the theme here.
If you are interested in learning more about Law Day and this year’s theme, check out the ABA’s 2016 Law Day page!

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