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Loyola celebrates Constitution Day

September 16, 2011

Each year, Loyola University New Orleans celebrates Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing citizens born in the U.S. and those who became citizens by naturalization.

As part of the celebration, faculty, staff and students are invited to view a display of materials related to the Constitution, located at the front of the Monroe Library in the new book area. The library also has an electronic list of materials related to the Constitution.

All students, faculty and staff were invited to the opening of an exhibit of Constitutional documents and artifacts from the collection of Stanley and Naomi Yavneh Klos, Ph.D., on Sept. 8, on the first floor of the law library on the Broadway campus. The collection is housed in the three glass exhibit cases in the circulation area. The exhibit is on display until Sept. 30.

Additionally, María Pabón López, J.D., dean of the College of Law, is sharing with the university community an op-ed she authored for the Indianapolis Star in September 2010, U.S. Constitution extends protection to immigrants. The piece highlights how the Equal Protection clause of U.S. Constitution applies to noncitizens.

The late Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believed that the American primary, secondary and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered legislation that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by the President, that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. The law was designed to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.

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