Law School Commemorates Constitution Day

img_0718The University of Mississippi School of Law honored the signing of the Constitution by hosting the annual Constitution Day Commemoration. This year’s event, held September 19 at the Law School, celebrated the scholarly successes of published student authors with expertise in constitutional law.

Madison Coburn, Alexandra Bruce, and Katherine Portner, all members of the Mississippi Law Journal, each presented their recently published and forthcoming articles on cutting-edge issues in constitutional law to an audience of faculty, students, and other visitors.

The Law School has hosted the University’s Constitution Day Commemoration for the past decade. Senior Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, the event’s organizer, says it is important to honor the Constitution.

“I think I most want students to understand that the Constitution is not just a historical document,” said Nowlin. “We continue to debate important constitutional issues in the courts every day. Our law student presenters are published authors who have written pieces on cutting-edge issues in constitutional law – live controversies currently being litigated by lawyers in the courts.”

Each student’s presentation was followed by a question and answer session led by a faculty discussant.

Bruce, the alumni coordinator and articles editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, presented her publication “Stevens, R.A.V., and Animal Cruelty Speech: Why Congress’s New Statute Remains Constitutionally Problematic,” which was published in the Gonzaga Law Review. Her faculty discussant was Nowlin.

“I thoroughly enjoyed contributing to legal academia through the writing of my article, and further presenting my research during the Constitution Day Panel,” said Bruce. “I cannot thank Professor Nowlin and the Mississippi Law Journal’s Comment Writing Program enough for providing so many Ole Miss Law students with these opportunities.”

Coburn’s article “The Supreme Court’s Mistake on Law Enforcement Mistake of Law: Why States Should Not Adopt Heien v. North Carolina,” was published in the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy. Coburn is the associate articles editor and alumni coordinator of the Mississippi Law Journal. Coburn’s faculty discussant was Professor Matthew Hall.

“It was an honor to be a part of Constitution Day,” said Coburn. “As a member of the Mississippi Law Journal and published author, it was exciting to share with others the ideas I have developed related to Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, and specifically police mistake of law, that have both real and practical effects for citizens.”

Portner, the executive articles editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, discussed Heckler’s Law in her publication “Tinker’s Timeless Teaching: Why the Heckler’s Veto Should Not Be Allowed in Public High Schools.” It will be published in the forthcoming Mississippi Law Journal. Portner’s faculty discussant was Professor Christopher Green.