Constitution Day 2013

This year's Constitution Day speaker is Professor David A. Yalof, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Professor Yalof received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991), which was the winner of the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on the Presidency published in 1999. His most recent book is Prosecution Among Friends: Presidents, Attorney Generals, and Executive Wrongdoing (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2012).

The focus of Professor Yalof's Constitution Day talk will be an analysis of the Supreme Court's decisions regarding same-sex marriage and is entitled: "Same-Sex Marriage and the U.S. Constitution: Why Bad Analogies and False Comparisons Present the Greatest Threat of All".

Recently, Professor Yalof offered reflections in UCONN Today on the landmark Supreme Court decisions made in a single week this summer regarding voting rights, affirmative action, the defense of marriage act, and proposition 8.

Professor Yalof will speak on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:15 am in the atrium of the Tagliatela Academic Center.

Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. . He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His most recent books are For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011), Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002), The Persistence of the Color Line (2011) and For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.