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National Constitution Center Partnership

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It is fitting that the National Constitution Center (NCC) is located here in Philadelphia, birthplace of our nation.  It is also fitting that Penn Law began our partnership with the NCC long before it officially opened and that our relationship is even stronger today.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program is one example of the partnership that brings distinguished constitutional scholars from across the country to Philadelphia to participate in programs ranging from informal gallery talks to formal academic lectures, both here at Penn Law and at the NCC.

Richard V. Allen, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2010-2011

Geoffrey R. Stone,  Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean
University of Chicago Law School, 2010-2011

Barnett Rubin, Research Professor of Politics, New York University (2009-2010)

Professor of Law and Public Affairs A.E. Dick Howard, University of Virginia Law School (2009-2010)

Theodore M. Shaw, Director-Counsel and President, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (2007 - 2008)

Martha S. Jones, Professor of History, Center for Afro American & African Studies, University of Michigan Law School (2007 - 2008)

Theodore Olson, attorney for George W. Bush and previously Solicitor General, spring 2007

Professor Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School, spring 2007

Professor Matthew Pinsker, Department of History, Dickinson College; 2005-2006

Professor of Law John Yoo, Berkeley School of Law, fall 2004

Professor Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, fall 2004

Professor Lillian R. BeVier, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law Class of 1963 Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, fall 2003

Professor Stanley N. Katz, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, fall 2003

Professor Michael W. McConnel l, University of Utah, 2001 – 2002

Professor of Law & History Sarah Barringer Gordon, Penn Law, 2001 – 2002

Professor of Law & Sociology  Kim Scheppele, Penn Law, spring 1998 - 1999

Symposia & Events

A few examples:

  • Symposia and Conferences: in addition to joint symposia and conferences, CC patrons and participants are welcome to join certain Penn Law events that delve into Constitutional issues or be able learn about many of these events on the NCC’s website – and the Penn Law community is often invited to the NCC as well.
  • Orientation: Penn Law holds the opening night of 1L Orientation at the NCC, with the theatre in the round Freedom Rising, cocktails and a dinner.
  • Penn Law Constitutional Experts: Penn Law faculty experts are often invited to participate at the NCC as panelists, moderators, and commentators on the issues of the day.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law: The NCC co-sponsored the journal’s first annual conference, providing educational materials to participants and the relationship has continued.