"How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Twelve Lessons on the Nation's Founding Document and Its Application in 21st Century America
No Problem More Significant
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter discusses Americans' alarming lack of knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and the structure of government, and the potential danger pervasive civic ignorance poses to our democracy.
An Assignment Left to the Future
Retired U.S. Superme Court Justice David H. Souter and New York Times columnist Adam Liptak address the role and timing of the nation's highest court in the practical application of constitutional values.
A Play of Constitutional Values
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and New Hampshire attorney William Chapman discuss the First Amendment and the rights it encompasses to give practical value to the general right of freedom of speech.
A Lesson in Compromise
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and New Hamphire attorney William Chapman emphasize the critical role of compromise in the design and adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
When Laws Conflict
Vermont Law Professor Michele Martinez Campbell addresses the intersection of states' rights and federalism in criminal law, focusing on the 2012 legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington states.
Rights Retained by the People
UNH Law Professor Calvin R. Massey examines in detail the powers reserved to the states and the rights reserved to the people by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
A Precious Right
Swarthmore Professor Carol Nackenoff surveys the 100-plus-year expansion of voting rights, and probes more recent case law to determine whether voting is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution.
Choice of Principles
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, New Hampshire attorney William Chapman, and Suffolk Law Professor Patrick Shin contrast the societal norms that existed in 1896 when the "separate but equal" doctrine was adopted with those of 1954 when segregation in public education was outlawed.
The Great Dissenter
Suffolk Law Professor Patrick Shin examines the historical basis for the idea of a "colorblind" Constitution, found in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson dissent authored by Justice John Marshall Harlan.
In the Interest of Equality
Suffolk Law Professor Patrick Shin explores the tension between diversity and equality as the two values relate to affirmative action in higher education.
Privacy & the Fourth Amendment
Reasonable Expectations of Privacy
Suffolk Law Professor Jessica Silbey discusses the three areas of privacy that are afforded varying degrees of constitutional protection: bodily, spatial, and informational.
Privacy & the Fourth Amendment
Your House is Your Castle
Retired N.H. Supreme Court Justice James Duggan traces the evolution of the Fourth Amendment definition of "search," and how advances in technology have affected the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.
"Constitutionally Speaking" aims to engage New Hampshire citizens of all ages in spirited, yet civil, dialogue about the important constitutional issues of our time, and to galvanize support for the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in grades K-12.