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Constitution Day program | Kansas in the U.S. Supreme Court

September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review to three separate cases involving the state of Kansas in 2019, which it will hear in October and November. Join Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas, and special guests as they explore the constitutional issues raised in each of three cases:

  • Kansas v. Garcia: whether federal immigration laws preempt Kansas identity theft criminal laws.
  • Kahler v. Kansas: whether a state is compelled by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to recognize an “insanity defense.” Kansas — like some states, but not others —has abolished an affirmative insanity defense, and the defendant in question has argued he was legally insane at the time of the killings.
  • Kansas v. Glover: in a case originating in Lawrence, whether it is reasonable for a law enforcement officer to assume the driver of the vehicle is its registered owner, as a general matter.

Guests panelists will include:

  • Toby Crouse, Kansas Solicitor General
  • Sarah E. Harrington, Goldstein & Russell, P.C. and counsel for the defense, Kansas v. Glover
  • Tobias S. Loss-Eaton, Sidley Austin LLP and principal drafter of petition for certiorari, Kahler v. Kansas
  • Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General

This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here.

Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required.

Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days.


September 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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