2019 Events

Naturalization Ceremony

We welcomed 100 new citizens.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Constitution Day at Memorial Stadium

Saturday, September 21, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Kansas University Memorial Stadium

KU fans are invited to recite the Preamble to the Constitution before the Jayhawks face the Mountaineers. 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.

Annual Constitution Day Program at the Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Institute of Politics
7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Hansen Hall, Dole Institute of Politics
The Dole Institute of Politics presents

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review to three separate cases involving the state of Kansas in 2019, which it will hear in October and November. Join Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas, and special guests as they explore the constitutional issues raised in each of three cases:

  • Kansas v. Garcia: whether federal immigration laws preempt Kansas identity theft criminal laws.
  • Kahler v. Kansas: whether a state is compelled by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to recognize an “insanity defense.” Kansas — like some states, but not others —has abolished an affirmative insanity defense, and the defendant in question has argued he was legally insane at the time of the killings.  
  • Kansas v. Glover: in a case originating in Lawrence, whether it is reasonable for a law enforcement officer to assume the driver of the vehicle is its registered owner, as a general matter.


  • Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General - Panelist

    Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 and 2018. He is the second longest-serving attorney general in Kansas history.

    Attorney General Schmidt has personally and successfully argued two Kansas murder cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been successful in efforts to strengthen Kansas law against human trafficking, to toughen penalties for defrauding senior citizens, to strengthen consumer-privacy laws, and to improve investigation of crimes against children. Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served as a Kansas State Senator representing part of Southeast Kansas, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as the Senate Majority Leader. He previously served as counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, and as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection.

    Attorney General Schmidt is a graduate of Independence High School and studied at Independence Community College. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, his master's degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his doctorate in law from the University of Kansas School of Law.

  • Sarah Harrington, Attorney - Panelist

    Sarah Harrington is a partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C. Sarah is among the most experienced Supreme Court specialists practicing today. She has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court and has served as counsel or co-counsel in dozens of others. She has also argued dozens of cases in the federal courts of appeals. Sarah is a Chambers USA-ranked appellate litigator, known for her skill at oral argument and her tremendous judgment as an advocate. She has handled a wide range of topics before the Supreme Court, including bankruptcy, constitutional law, criminal law, tax law, preemption, trademark, civil procedure, environmental law, and federal statutory questions.

    Harrington’s court of appeals experience is similarly broad, covering topics such as criminal law, civil RICO, antitrust, constitutional law, employment discrimination, sovereign immunity, and civil procedure. She has also been a valuable resource to trial teams, providing expert support on strategy and briefing. Sarah is an instructor in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Harvard Law School and frequently speaks at conferences and with national news outlets about the Supreme Court.

  • Toby Crouse, Kansas Solicitor General - Panelist

    In January of 2018 Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt named Toby Crouse to serve as Kansas Solicitor General. Until his appointment as Solicitor General, Crouse, of Overland Park, was a partner in the Overland Park office of Foulston Siefkin, LLP. He previously served as a law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and U.S. District Court Judge Monti Belot. The Kansas Solicitor General leads the appellate division of the attorney general’s office on behalf of the attorney general. Crouse replaces former Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister, who had served in the position since its creation in 2007 and resigned to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas.

  • Tobias Loss-Eaton, Attorney - Panelist

    Tobias Loss-Eaton is a member of Sidley Austin’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice in Washington D.C. He represents clients in civil and criminal litigation dealing with a range of difficult regulatory, statutory, and constitutional issues. Tobias has written or coauthored dozens of briefs in state and federal appellate courts, including thirty briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has represented clients in merits cases before the Supreme Court during each of the past five Terms, and has litigated in ten federal courts of appeals. Tobias has argued in the D.C. Circuit and Nevada district court.

    Tobias’s Supreme Court work in criminal cases includes:

    • The successful petition for certiorari and the petitioner’s merits briefs in Kahler v. Kansas, No. 18-6135 (O.T. 2019), which will determine whether the Constitution requires an insanity defense;
    • The respondent’s brief in Kansas v. Gleason, 136 S. Ct. 633 (2016), an Eighth Amendment challenge to Kansas’ capital-sentencing jury instructions.

    Tobias also has extensive experience challenging state and federal regulations and administrative actions on behalf of regulated entities, including in the transportation, energy, and health care sectors. He has represented the nation’s largest railroads in numerous cases involving federal preemption of state law.

  • Stephen R. McAllister, Moderator, United States Attorney, District of Kansas

    Stephen R. McAllister is a native Kansan who grew up in Lucas, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1985 and from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1988. Following his graduation from law school, Steve clerked for Judge Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois and then for Justices Byron White and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

    In 1993, Steve returned to the University of Kansas School of Law as a visiting professor. He served as Dean of the KU Law School from 2000-2005. As a scholar, Steve has written on a variety of constitutional topics, including affirmative action, capital punishment, federalism, and sex offender laws.

    McAllister has also appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States several times. He served as the first State Solicitor for Kansas, assisting the Kansas Attorney General’s office in state cases raising important constitutional issues. Stephen R. McAllister is the U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas.


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