15th Annual Constitution Day
Friday, September 17, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Maryland, the University of Maryland Francis King
Carey School of Law, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, College Park, Dept. of Government and Politics, MLAW Program
Most Americans think that contemporary political dysfunction is rooted in a failure to follow constitutional rules and live up to constitutional ideals. From this celebratory perspective, the solution to our political ills is a renewed commitment to the Constitution of the United States. Professor Sanford Levinson and Michael Tomasky think this consensus may be fatal to the future of American constitutional democracy. Their bold view is that political dysfunction is rooted in our commitment to following the constitution. The solution to our political ills is a constitutional convention that would draft a new and better twenty-first century Constitution for the United States.
In our 15th annual Constitution Day program, Levinson and Tomasky will explain why they believe the United States needs a new constitution, and why their proposed constitution may be what the United States needs. That Constitution can be found at The Democracy Constitution published recently in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas with commentary and dissents.
Professors Marley Weiss and Mark Graber from the law school and Professor Brian Gilmore from the MLAW program at College Park will offer comments in response. The panel will be chaired by Associate Dean Peter Danchin.
Register before 12 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 16 for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This event is for League members only. In addition to registering above Send your name, phone number, email and local League to [email protected] Questions? 301-328-1845