Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-09-13

The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. In commemoration of that landmark event in American history, Samford's Political Science Department and Cumberland School of Law will host a Constitution Day program Monday, Sept. 18, on the topic of Judicial Independence.

U.S. Court of Appeals judge William Pryor and Alabama Supreme Court Justice Bernard Harwood will comment on a video produced for Constitution Day. The video will feature presentations by U.S. Supreme Court associate justices Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy, and retired associate justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

John Carroll, dean of Samford's Cumberland School of Law, will moderate the discussion following the showing of the video.

The eventfree of charge and open to the publicwill begin at 3 p.m. in the moot courtroom of Samford's Robinson Hall law building.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.