Every year on September 17, the Cato Institute puts on a great all-day program celebrating Constitution Day. Geared for lawyers but interesting to anyone concerned with the state of American law, the event focuses on the most compelling cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The day features several different panels focused on themes the Court addressed during the most recent term, and one panel dedicated to the cases slated for the upcoming October term. To close out the event, Cato brings in a distinguished practitioner or other eminent legal figure to give the annual B. Kenneth Simon Lecture on Constitutional Thought. This year’s lecture, “Flunking the Founding: Civic Illiteracy and the Rule of Law,” will be presented by Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett.
Perhaps of particular interest to OIA readers, there is a criminal law panel from 1PM-2PM ET, featuring Paul Larkin of the Heritage Foundation, Nick Mosvick of the National Constitution Center, and Jay Schweikert of the Cato Institute. The panel will be moderated by Cato’s Clark Neily.