Cakeshop, Gerrymandering and Travel Ban Supreme Court Cases to be Discussed at 2018 UA Constitution Day

Sept. 4, 2018

Legal experts will assemble for the University of Arizona’s 20th annual Constitution Day program to explore three of the most significant cases from the 2017 Supreme Court term.

The event is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 1-4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Each panel is followed by a short break, and guests may come and go as needed.

Where: Ares Auditorium (Room 164), James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Boulevard

Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit may be available.

Panelists include:

Franita Tolson, USC Gould School of Law

Peter Eckerstrom, Chief Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals

Toni Massaro, University of Arizona College of Law


Andrew Coan, University of Arizona College of Law

Cases to be Discussed:

  • 1:05-1:45 p.m. - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, examining the constitutionality of a Colorado civil rights law punishing a cakeshop owner for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding
  • 1:50-2:30 p.m. - Gill v. Whitford, examining the constitutionality of alleged partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin
  • 2:40-3:20 p.m. - Trump v.  Hawaii, examining the constitutionality of President Trump’s “travel ban”
  • 3:25-4:05 p.m. – The Legacy of Anthony Kennedy

The event is being held in conjunction with the nationwide commemoration of the Sept. 17 signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Federal legislation mandates that all educational institutions receiving federal funding hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on or near Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

The Rehnquist Center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.

Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, UA James E. Rogers College of Law, 520-626-1629,


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