Constitution Day at Memorial Stadium
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Kansas University Memorial Stadium
KU fans are invited to recite the Preamble to the Constitution before the Jayhawks face the Scarlet Knights. The Preamble will be displayed on the video board in the stadium. Chancellor Douglas Girod will lead the recitation while Elizabeth Berghout, carillonneur, rings the bells from the Campanile. Following the Preamble, the Marching Jayhawks will play the national anthem.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Dole Institute of Politics presents
The Honorable John W. Lungstrum
Senior Judge, United States District Court
The Honorable Julie A. Robinson
Chief Judge, United States District Court
Stephen McAllister (Moderator)
U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas
Program at 7:00 p.m.
Hansen Hall, Dole Institute of Politics
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment
Proposed after the Civil War and ratified in 1868, the 14th Amendment is perhaps the single most important amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guaranteed citizenship to the former slaves and their descendants, and it also guaranteed “due process of law” and “equal protection of the laws” with respect to actions by state and local governments. Over time and as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, the 14th Amendment has dramatically expanded the civil rights of all Americans and been the basis for landmark Supreme Court decisions in the areas of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, same-sex discrimination, criminal justice and privacy rights. Explore the amendment’s history, importance and enduring legacy in a discussion with Stephen McAllister, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, Senior Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court (District of Kansas) and Chief Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court (District of Kansas).
About Our Guests
John W. Lungstrum – Panelist
Senior Judge John Watson Lungstrum graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and joined the Order of the Coif, an academic honor society. At the University of Kansas, his participation in the Reserve Officers Training Corps earned him the Distinguished Military Graduate Award and prepared him for active service in the Army. He served for 21 months on active duty, with 13 months in Korea, winning the Army Commendation Medal. Judge Lungstrum went on to practice law with the firm of Stevens, Brand, Lungstrum, Golden & Winter in Lawrence, Kansas. He has served as a lecturer in contracts and evidence at the University of Kansas School of Law and has served on the Faculty of the Kansas Bar Association College of Advocacy, Trial Tactics and Techniques Institute. Judge Lungstrum became the district’s Chief Judge in January 2001, and served in that role until December 2007. He was appointed in 2005 to the budget committee and became the Chair of the same committee in 2018. Judge Lungstrum currently sits on the federal bench in Kansas City, Kansas.
Julie A. Robinson – Panelist
Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson was appointed a United States District Judge for the District of Kansas in 2001 by President George W. Bush. She is the first African American appointed to the federal district court in Kansas and the second woman. Judge Robinson became Chief Judge of her court in 2017, effectively becoming the chief executive officer of the court, with responsibility for the court’s operations and its 200 employees. Judge Robinson served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Kansas from 1994 to 2001, the first female bankruptcy judge in Kansas and the second African American female bankruptcy judge in the nation. For eleven years before that, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Kansas, representing the federal government in a variety of civil cases as well as prosecuting criminal cases. Judge Robinson has served the federal judiciary in a number of capacities. She currently serves on the federal judiciary’s Workplace Conduct Working Group and on the board of the Federal Judges Association. She is a past chair of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, a past Commissioner of the United States Supreme Court Fellows, and was involved in developing Strategic Plans for the federal judiciary in 2010 and 2015. Locally she serves on the board of Healing House of Kansas City, and has served in a variety of capacities as a member of the Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church for 28 years. She is also a proud alumna of KU Law School, where she served as chair of the Board of Governors, taught trial practice, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.