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Constitution Day 2016 Lecture- “Liberty, Politics, and Human Nature: Protecting the Constitution and the Rule of Law”

September 16, 2016 12:10pm
Room. 114, UC College of Law

Speaker: The Honorable David F. Hamilton, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Hon. David HamiltonPresenter: The Honorable David F. Hamilton, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
CLE: Application for one hour of general CLE credit has been submitted to Ohio and Kentucky
RSVP: law.uc.edu/eventrsvp

Reception to follow in the Atrium

About the Lecture
In his lecture, Judge Hamilton will discuss our constitutional form of government – with its divided powers, checks and balances, and commitment to the rule of law – and how it might be easy to take for granted in the 21st century. He will also discuss how frustration with political outcomes and stalemates, and temptations inherent in human nature, put constant pressure on the vital constitutional protections of our liberty. Those protections require constant attention and enforcement, for without them, we risk losing the liberties we have inherited.

About the Lecturer
In November 2009, Judge Hamilton was appointed by President Barack H. Obama to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. From 1994 to 2009, he served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and was that court's chief judge in 2008-09. Judge Hamilton grew up in southern Indiana, graduated from Haverford College and Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983-84. He practiced law as an associate and then partner of Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, and served as Counsel to the Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1991.

About the Constitution Day Lecture
Celebrating Constitution Day for the University of Cincinnati | This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Alfred B. Katz Constitution Day Fund in memory of Alfred B. Katz ‘35.