The Constitution Day Lecture brings a distinguished speaker to the University of Maine School of Law annually to reflect on the significance of the U.S. Constitution. The Lecture typically takes place in September.
2019 Constitution Day Lecture
The 2019 Constitution Day Lecture will be presented by the Hon. Lance E. Walker, U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine, on Tuesday, September 17. The lecture will take place from 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm in the Moot Courtroom at the Law School, 246 Deering Avenue in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.
On October 11, 2018, Judge Walker was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, becoming the Court’s 19th federal district judge to have ever served in the District of Maine. Before his service on the federal bench, he was a judge on both the Maine Superior Court in Portland and on the Maine District Court. He was also a partner at a large Portland law firm for a dozen years where he was an experienced trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex litigation and insurance law. He has tried cases across the state and in federal court. He has argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston and has been selected for recognition in respected peer-reviewed legal publications. As a judge, he has spoken with recovering addicts and caregivers on the issue of opioid addiction and its intersection with the criminal justice system. Judge Walker received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maine, and graduated with honors from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000.
- 2018: Professor Orlando Delogu, University of Maine School of Law, “The U.S. and Maine’s Constitution Both Indicate that Maine’s Beaches are Public Property”
- 2017: Professor Joseph Singer, Harvard Law School, “Indian Nations and the Constitution: What Americans Need to Know”
- 2016: Judge Kermit Lipez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, “The First Amendment, The Police, and the Digital Age”
- 2015: Judge John Woodcock, U.S District Court, District of Maine, “A Collision Course With Itself: The Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment”
- 2014: Judge Jon Levy, U.S District Court, District of Maine, “Smartphone Privacy: How Justice Louis Brandeis Foretold the Outcome of Riley v. California (2014), and Why it Matters”
- 2013: Professor Abbe Smith, Georgetown University Law Center, “How Can You Not Defend Those People”
- 2012: Professor Richard Fallon, Harvard Law School, “American Constitutionalism, Almost (But Not Quite) Version 2.0”
- 2011: Professor Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University School of Law, “Public Memory and the Civil Rights Era: Cold Cases, Truth Projects, Apologies and Monuments”
- 2010: Professor Jennifer Wriggins, University of Maine School of Law, “Constitutional Law and Tort Law: Injury, Race, and Equal Protection”
- 2009: Professor Melvyn Zarr, University of Maine School of Law, “The Supreme Court’s Long and Perhaps Unnecessary Struggle to Find a Standard of Culpability to Regulate the Federal Exclusionary Remedy for Fourth/Fourteenth Amendment Violations”
- 2007: Dean Harold Koh, Yale Law School, “Repairing Our Human Rights Reputation”