Today is Constitution Day. Stop by the Office of Financial Aid on the Main Campus from 1-4 pm today, Tuesday, September 17, 2013 to enjoy refreshments and pick up a free pocket version of the United States Constitution. In addition, the office will screen “The Constitution Project: An Independent Judiciary” which chronicles two key moments that defined the understanding of the role of the judiciary: the Cherokee Nation’s struggles before the Supreme Court in the 1830s to preserve its homeland and Cooper v. Aaron which is the 1958 Supreme Court case that affirmed that states were bound to follow the Court’s order to integrate their schools.
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress established Constitution Week in 1956, to be celebrated each year on September 17 which is the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
Visit to learn more about IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law event in October and additional constitution resources.