March 28, 2019

11:50 am - 1:30 pm , Eastern Time

Constitutional Law Debate


The American Constitution Society and Women's Law Association of Capital University Law School plan to co-host the annual Constitutional Law Debate on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Two recent cases before SCOTUS will be debated: 

(1) New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York- debated by Professors Susan Gilles and Daniel Kobil concerning the issue of whether New York City's ban on transporting a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is consistent with the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause, and the constitutional right to travel. 

(2) The American Legion v. American Humanist Association- debated by Professors Jim Beattie and Mark Strasser concerning whether a 93-year-old memorial to the fallen of World War I is unconstitutional merely because it is shaped like a cross, and whether the constitutionality of a passive display incorporating religious symbolism should be assessed under the tests articulated in Lemon v. Kurtzman, Van Orden v. Perry, Town of Greece v. Galloway, or some other test, and whether, if the Lemon v. Kurtzman test applies, the expenditure of funds for the routine upkeep and maintenance of a cross-shaped war memorial amounts to excessive entanglement with religion in violation of the First Amendment.