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University of Minnesota to observe Constitution Day Monday with special programs

September 14, 2012

The University of Minnesota will be observing Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17 with two programs.

On behalf of the University of Minnesota system, the Law School will present its annual We the People Constitution Day program from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday in the Law School’s Lockhart Hall (Room 25).

This year’s program, “The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA): Explanations and Consequences,” will feature panel discussions on implications of the ACA for the legal profession. The event has been approved for one CLE credit.

Speakers and panel participants:

•    Professor Stephen F. Befort,Associate Dean for Research & Planning,  will introduce the speakers and moderate the panel discussion
•    Professor Fred L. Morrison will review the U.S. Supreme Court decision and its constitutional consequences
•    Professor Ralph F. Hall  will discuss the political landscape, the nature and extent of possible legislative and regulatory changes depending on who wins the upcoming presidential election, and the potential impact on access to devices, drugs, and other medical technologies
•    Professor Mitchell E. Zamoff, former Chief Legal Officer, UnitedHealthcare and General Counsel, UnitedHealth Group, and Vanessa Laird, Executive Leadership Fellow, Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota and former General Counsel, Optum, will respectively, summarize key ACA provisions affecting how healthcare is provided and paid for, focusing on parts that may be subject to dispute and litigation as full implementation proceeds, and discuss the shifting roles of lawyers in health care work that may result from the Act and other developments

The program will be broadcast live. For details, go to

The Minnesota Student Association, Phi Beta Sigma and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is holding an event to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and reflect on its effect in students' lives and on campus during special programming with the National Endowment for the Humanities on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17.

The National Endowment for the Humanities programming will focus on the relationship between emancipation and the Constitution in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Students are invited to watch a live stream program, learn about student groups that are helping to drive civic engagement and participate in a fruitful discussion with your peers.


12 to 12:30 p.m. – Enjoy refreshments and snacks while learning about participating students groups (including MPIRG and the Black Student Union)

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Watch the live stream from the National Endowment for the Humanities

1:30 to 2 p.m. – Participate in a discussion facilitated by University faculty and students

This free event will be held in the President’s Room on Coffman Memorial Union’s 3rd Floor.


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