Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-12

Samford University will observe Constitution Day with a program on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Colonial Chapel at the American Village in Montevallo. The public is invited.

Kevin Newsom, solicitor general of Alabama, will speak on the topic, "The Rehnquist Legacy" at 3:30 p.m. Newsom, a Samford graduate, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court associate justice David Souter following graduation from Harvard Law School.

Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Sept. 3 after a 33-year Supreme Court career.

Newsom's talk will be followed by comments from Samford political science professor Dr. William Collins.

The program is designed to coincide with the first federally recognized Constitution Day, a national celebration of the U.S. government's founding document. The Constitution was adopted on Sept. 17, 1787. This year, because the date falls on a Saturday, the Samford-sponsored event will be on the following Monday.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.