Until Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981,no woman had served on the Supreme Court. Today, there are three women — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor (who is also the Court’s first Latino justice) and Justice Elena Kagan. The first Jewish Justice was Louis Brandeis, nominated by President […]
Should our Fourth Amendment rights depend on how fast the police can drive and run?
Settle in, because the fun and speculation has only just begun for 2012.
By Annamarya Scaccia, 2011 Jennings Fellow In early April, 42 senators from both Republican & Democratic parties sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for amped-up efforts in the federal prosecution of hardcore adult pornography. This comes on the heels of the dissolution of the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force—a second Bush-era group formed […]
In honor of Military Appreciation Month and Navy Week, the Navy League explains how the Navy almost never existed.
In this piece, originally published on May 20th by the Huffington Post, Geoffrey R. Stone explains the filibuster in the context of judicial confirmations. Stone is a 2010 – 11 visiting scholar at the National Constitution Center and the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He will be […]
Just in case the world ends during the next doomsday we created a bucket list of 10 constitutional questions we wish we would settle before Judgment Day.
Low voter turnout can provide an opportunity for special interest groups to wield more influence among other things. Why do primary elections have such low turnout?
For the first time since it began tracking the issue, the Gallup Poll has found that a majority (53%) of Americans now support same sex marriage. The poll shows a dramatic shift from fifteen years ago, when two-thirds were in opposition. The change, which demonstrated a nine percent gain in support over last year, was, […]
National Constitution Center Trustee and University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Beeman was the featured guest on last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about the separation of church and state. Teacher’s corner Here is the text of the Fourteenth Amendment and a discussion on the incorporation doctrine in which the Supreme Court has […]