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The NCC broke ground to construct an exhibition hall and research complex several blocks long in September 2000. The goal is that it will open next Fall and progress on the site, on the north side of Market Street, across from the Liberty Bell, is steady.
Associate Dean and Professor of Law Sarah Barringer Gordon, an expert in law and history, serves as one of the 27 national scholars on the board of the National Constitution Center.
“The law school and the NCC are vital centers of constitutional learning, debate and scholarship,” Gordon observes. “The Constitution Center will bring scholars to Philadelphia for sustained interaction with the law school, as well as for important lectures and debates. The Law School, which is already one of the top schools in the country in constitutional law, is the natural place for scholars visiting the center to find an intellectual community. Scholars will have offices in the Law School, and will participate in workshops, symposia and teaching at the school. The overall goal of our collaboration is to expand scholarly opportunities for meaningful constitutional research and writing, as well as the establishment of Philadelphia as the center for innovative work on the Constitution.”
The partnership between the two institutions has grown and strengthened since that time. Comparative constitutional law scholar Kim Lane Scheppele Professor of Law and Sociology was one of the first Visiting Scholars of the NCC. The Center co-sponsored the inaugural symposium for the Journal of Constitutional Law in 1998. Penn Law technical experts built and hosted the NCC’s first website – quite a site to see when the idea of the center was still only in the minds of the architects and historians behind the multi-year federal and state endeavor.
Alumni who serve on the National Constitution Center’s Board of Directors include Gilbert F. Casellas L’77; Stuart F. Feldman C’58, L’61; Paul C. Heintz L’65 and the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter L’56.
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