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UNH Law Celebrates Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, Professor Emeritus Richard A. Hesse presented a special program at noon on September 13, in the Rich Room.  His presentation was entitled "The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking." It discussed the competing political and legal claims frequently based on what the Constitutional delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to their agreement called the Constitution. The program explored the cast of characters called "founders," the problems they faced and the solutions they fashioned.

On September 17, at 11:30am, in the UNH Law's Jurybox Cafe, a Georgetown Law Constitution Day panel was broadcast, featuring distinguished authors Jim and Nancy Petro and Brandon Garrett discussing their respective books, False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent and Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong. Jeffrey Rosen hosted a discussion with the three authors to talk about the flaws in our criminal justice system that continue to result in wrongful convictions.

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