UM to Host Annual Constitution Day Lecture

September 09, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate the 228th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution by hosting a lecture by a leading scholar in constitutional law and theory.  

Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet will deliver “Varieties of Constitutionalism: The U.S. Version” at noon Thursday, Sept. 17, in Law Building Room 101. The annual Constitution Day lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at UM. 

Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard, where he teaches constitutional law and related courses. He graduated from Harvard University and Yale Law School, after which he served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Tushnet is one of the leading skeptics of judicial review and was an early voice in the critical legal studies movement. He also writes about constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and, currently, a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s. Tushnet has written more than 30 books, including several leading casebooks, and dozens of articles in leading journals.

Constitution Day, also known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution and recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens. Under federal law, civil and educational institutions “are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the state and locality in which they reside.”

Contact: UM Office of the Provost, 406-243-4689,