Seeking to engage NH citizens in civil yet spirited dialogue about important constitutional issues of our time

Constitutionally Speaking Celebrates its History

Constitutionally Speaking aims to engage New Hampshire citizens in a civil, yet spirited, dialogue about the critical public policy issues of our time, and to galvanize support for a renewed commitment to civic education in grades K-12. Conceived by the N.H. Supreme Court Society, Constitutionally Speaking launched in 2012 with a public conversation between retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and PBS Newswoman Margaret Warner.

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Other distinguished guests who have addressed Constitutionally Speaking and N.H. Supreme Court Society audiences include: retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, former President Bill Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, Iraqi Chief Justice Madhat Al-Mahmood, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., constitutional litigators David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, and constitutional scholar Akhil Amar.

Constitutionally Speaking and NHICE in the news

News of interest to Constitutionally Speaking:

Justice O'Connor Speaks on Democracy to Capacity Crowd in Concord

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke to a capacity crowd at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Sept. 17. Accompanied by retired former colleague Justice David H Souter, she presented Constitutionally Speaking's William W. Treat Lecture on the topic of "The State of Democracy in America."

Watch more video of the event

NHICE Workshops Focus on Teaching Civics in the Classroom

Two recent workshops presented by the NH Institute for Civics Education worked with more than 80 Middle School and Elementary educators on strategies for teaching civics to young students. Read more about the workshops.

Free Symposium Provides the Public with a Unique Opportunity to Hear from Experts on Cutting-Edge Constitutional Issues

Constitutionally Speaking and UNH School of Law are pleased to present a free public symposium on Crime and the Constitution on Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UNH School of Law, 2 White Street in Concord.

The symposium will cover current legal issues of great topical significance, including Sexual Assault and the Constitution, and Race, Crime and the Constitution. Participants in this symposium, which is created for and geared to members of the public, will hear from a nationally-renowned panel of Constitutional experts including:

  • Harvard Law Professor Ronald Sullivan
  • Boston University Law Professor Tracey Maclin
  • Portsmouth's Chief of Police David Mara
  • Associate NH Attorney General Jane Young
  • UNH Law Professors Buzz Scherr and Behzad Mirhashem

There is no cost to attend and lunch is included. For more information, please contact Martha Madsen at martha@constitutionallyspeakingnh.org.

Video Series and Study Guide Aim to Bolster Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter has cited "the pervasive ignorance of the Constitution of the United States and the structure of government" as the most significant problem in American politics today. As part of its continuing effort to help fill the gap, Constitutionally Speaking created "How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Twelve Lessons on the Nation's Founding Document and Its Application in 21st Century America. This collection of videos addresses contemporary constitutional topics, and features an online study guide that provides detailed lessons plans and suggested readings for New Hampshire classrooms. See them here.

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Constitutionally Speaking is made possible in part by generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Badger Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the William W. Treat Foundation, Paul and Sandra Montrone, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Advancement of Justice Fund, Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund and The McLane Fund.