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Macomb County Bar Foundation and Macomb Community College co-host debate about meaning and interpretation of Constitution

– Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:00AM

Free Sept. 17 event features local constitutional law experts and scholars


On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the Macomb County Bar Foundation and Macomb Community College are co-hosting a debate about the meaning and interpretation of the Constitution.  The debate will be held at 1: 30 p.m. at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, on Macomb’s Center Campus, 44575, Garfield Road, Clinton Township. While the event is free, RSVP to Tigersof68@aol.com to reserve a seat, because space is limited. 

Dean Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University Law School, will moderate the discussion.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, she is a recognized expert in civil rights and election law, and, when she became dean of Wayne Law in June 2014 at age 36, she was the youngest woman to ever be named to lead a U.S. law school.  

“Few topics are as important as the sanctity of our U.S. Constitution and its protection of the promises and principles of equality, fairness, freedom and justice for all,” said Benson.  “I am honored to moderate and help lead this important discussion.” 

Thomas Rombach, current president of the State Bar of Michigan and former president of the Macomb County Bar Association, will be introducing those participating in the debate:

  • Michael Warren, Oakland County Circuit Court judge and co-founder of Patriot Week, will be representing the view that “the Constitution should be interpreted in light of its historical meaning at the time of adoption.”

  • Robert Sedler, professor, Wayne State University Law School , and one of the attorneys in DeBoer V. Snyder, will be representing the view that the Constitution “must be interpreted in light of the conditions and values of contemporary American society.”               

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Jeanne Nicol, 586.445.7204, nicolj@macomb.edu