2020 Events

Naturalization Ceremony - Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19
Constitution Day at Memorial Stadium - Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19

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 – VIRTUAL

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, www.doleinstitute.org. Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.

The Dole Institute of Politics presents

KU Law Professor Lou Mulligan leads guests through a discussion of three of this year’s most impactful Supreme Court cases interpreting the United States Constitution.

  • Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: whether religious organizations should be exempt from generally applicable laws that impinge upon religious practice.
  • Jones v. Mississippi: whether and how juveniles may be imprisoned for life sentences.
  • California v. Texas: questioning the constitutionality of the ACA, i.e. Obamacare.


About Our Guests:

  • Lumen (Lou) N. Mulligan, University of Kansas Law School Professor. Professor Mulligan received his JD from Michigan, MA from Colorado and BA from KU.
  • Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law Houston Professor, will discuss California v. Texas. Professor Blackman is co-counsel for an amicus party and filed a brief in the case. Professor Blackman earned his JD from George Mason University Law School and his BS from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Lauren Bonds, Legal Director of the ACLU of Kansas, will discuss Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The ACLU is an amicus party in the case. Ms. Bonds earned her JD from Duke, and her BA from KU, where she was an All-American athlete.
  • Larry Yackle, Boston University Law School Professor, will discuss Jones v. Mississippi. Professor Yackle is co-counsel, an amicus party, and filed a brief in the case. Professor Yackle earned both his JD and BA from KU in addition to an LLM from Harvard Law School.



Constitution Day at Memorial Stadium
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Constitution Day at Memorial Stadium
Thursday, September 16, 2021

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