Harvard Law Professor to present annual Constitution Day Lecture at Maine Law

Professor Joseph William SingerJoseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will present the annual Constitution Day Lecture at the University of Maine School of Law on Monday, September 18, 2017.

The title of his lecture is “Indian Nations and the Constitution: What Americans Need to Know.” 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.

Professor Joseph William Singer has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1992, and was appointed the Bussey Professor of Law in 2006. He teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, federal Indian law, and legal theory. He has published more than 80 law review articles, and is one of the executive editors of the 2012 edition (and 2017 Supplement) of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Singer received a B.A. from Williams College, an A.M. in political science from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In 2004, Congress mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution in September of each year. In response, Maine Law established an annual Constitution Day Lecture delivered by a distinguished speaker to pay tribute to the U.S. Constitution.

“The annual Constitution Day Lecture provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the significance of the U.S. Constitution, as a living document that evolves with and adapts to our society,” said Dean Danielle Conway. “The subject matter—Indigeneity—is especially compelling considering that Native Peoples in Maine, with their governance structures and power over lands and people, long preceded ratification and approval of the U.S. Constitution. Professor Singer’s lecture is sure to lead us in an examination of the significance of Native Peoples as sovereigns and rights holders who were featured prominently in the drafting of the U.S. Constitution,” said Conway.

For additional information on the 2017 Constitution Day Lecture, please contact the Office of the Dean at 207.780.4344 or mainelaw@maine.edu.