Detroit Mercy celebrates Constitution Day  

September 10, 2018

The University will celebrate Constitution Day with a variety of activities and events. Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17.

Following the University’s Celebrate Spirit event, Students for Politics and Law will be at the Organization Fair Sept. 13 handing out voter registration fliers for interested individuals.

On Friday, Sept. 14, Detroit Mercy’s Black Abolitionist Archive presents, "Robert W. Saunders, Civil Rights, and the Fourteenth Amendment," a lunch and learn event revolving around Constitution Day. Saunders was a student at Detroit Mercy’s Law School, when he was asked to return to Florida and become field director there for the NAACP. He became "Mr. Civil Rights" in the state between 1952 and 1965 and was involved in many key cases and protests, often endangering his own life.  Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine will present the discussion, which is from noon to 1 p.m. and takes place in the President’s Dining Room in the Student Union.

On Monday, Sept. 17, stop by the McNichols Library and take the Constitution Day Quiz. The Library will give away 25 pocket Constitutions, courtesy of Sen. Debbie Stabenow. In addition,. The Bookmark will feature patriotic treats.

Also on Sept. 17, Constitution Day happens to coincide with the United States Senate's consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, so the law school will host a discussion among three faculty members – Professor Richard Broughton, Professor Karen Henning, and Professor Kyle Langvardt — on constitutional law and adjudication at the Supreme Court. This could be one of the most consequential Supreme Court appointments in the nation's history and could have a dramatic impact on the future of American constitutional law. The faculty panel will discuss a variety of substantive constitutional issues and explore how the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and Kavanaugh nomination could affect voting in important cases before the Court.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Students for Politics and Law will sponsor a table outside of the Library to provide information on voter registration for faculty, staff, students and visitors. This informational table runs from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Student President Tuktom Albdair at

To learn more about Constitution Day, please visit You can also visit The National Archives, the home of the original US Constitution, at