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2020 Constitution Day

September 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Virtual Virtual Event

KU Law Professor Lou Mulligan leads guests:  Legal Director of the ACLU of Kansas, Lauren Bonds; Professor of Law Emeritus at Boston University School of Law, Larry Yackle and Constitutional Law Professor, Josh Blackman through a discussion of three of the most important cases appearing before the Supreme Court this fall.

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia – questioning whether religious organizations should be exempt from generally applicable laws that impinge upon religious practice.

Jones v. Mississippi – questioning whether and how juveniles may be imprisoned for life sentences.

California v. Texas – questioning the constitutionality of the ACA, i.e. ObamaCare.

This program is sponsored by Mark P. Johnson.

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, 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.

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.

Lou Mulligan

Lumen “Lou” Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010, where he teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. He was named as an Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor in 2019. Mulligan also teaches undergraduate classes in the KU Honors Program. Mulligan served, or continues to serve, on the Kansas Judicial Council – Civil Rules Advisory Committee, the executive committee of the appellate section of the Kansas Bar Association, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal Criminal Justice Act Panel, the board of directors for Kansas Legal Services, and the Kansas Court of Appeals Mediation Study committee. Mulligan frequently offers testimony to the Kansas legislature as well.  Mulligan continues with representation in court, most often in an amicus curia or pro bono capacity.

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.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.


September 15, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

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