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.
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.
News of interest to Constitutionally Speaking:
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."
RSVP Now for our 2017 King Lecture Series event on Sept. 19. Jeffrey Sutton, Judge of the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals, and David Souter, retired Justice of the US Supreme Court, will be sharing their views on the role of the state courts and the state constitutions within the framework of our federal constitution.
The program will run from 3:00 - 4:15 at the US District Court of New Hampshire 3rd Floor Courtroom, 55 Pleasant Street in Concord. The doors will open at 2:30, and there is a reception following the event. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Please RSVP to Kayla Eckhoff by Sept. 13. Please allow extra time to pass through Courthouse security.
Constitutionally Speaking in February co-sponsored a symposium titled "Crime and the Constitution: Arrest, Trial, Incarceration." Speakers included John Greabe, Julie Kalish, Derek Epp, and Lia Ernst. The event took place at Dartmouth College. You can watch a video of the symposium below.
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.