Constitution Day 2014

at the University of Nevada, Reno

On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting ~ to sign the U.S. Constitution. A federal law directs public schools and universities to hold programs to commemorate that day. The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to offer events each year that allow students, faculty, campus administrators and the community to discuss the Constitution, its meaning and the freedoms it ensures.

Events Calendar       Flier (PDF)


Addressing the Altered States: State Marijuana Laws and the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause

Colorado law professor Sam Kamin writes for Slate Magazine about the challenges faced by the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana from seed to sale. He’ll share his insights about the intersection of state and Constitutional law. FREE

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014  |  6:30 - 9 p.m.
Matthewson-IGT Knowledge Center (MIKC), Wells Fargo Auditorium

   • 6:30 p.m. ~ Reception and meet the Keynote, MIKC Rotunda
   • 7:30-9 p.m. ~ Keynote and discussion with professor Sam Kamin

Sam Kamin, author, law professor and director of the Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, has emerged as an expert voice on the impacts of marijuana legalization. He sits on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s newly formed Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force along with elected officials, stakeholders in the state’s medical marijuana industry and other experts. He is the author of The Impact of the Decriminalization and Legalization of Marijuana, and writes the series “Altered State: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy” for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of the groundbreaking new law among lawmakers, businesses and citizens.

Photo of Keynote Speaker Sam KaminIn his keynote, Kamin will discuss the potential challenges presented when state marijuana laws conflict with the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause as the supreme law of the land.

For more about Sam Kamin’s Slate series, visit and search Kamin Altered State. For his faculty profile, visit

Public Reading of the Constitution

Come one and all! Join students, staff and faculty in a rousing public reading of the Constitution! FREE

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014  |  10 a.m.-Noon
On the steps outside of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (MIKC)

Social Impacts of New Marijuana Laws

Discussion forum moderated by the Honorable Chad Schmucker, President of the National Judicial College FREE

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014  |  7:30-9 p.m.
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Faculty and special guest panelists including Senator Tick Segerblom (D-Nev.), retired California Superior Court Judge Peggy Hora, and bank executive Joseph Roller, will bring their expertise to bear on the legal, social and societal issues that might or do arise from the conflict between the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution ~ as the supreme law of the land ~ and the decriminalization of marijuana laws in Nevada, California and other states.

Discussion panel members include:
Forum host, Fred Holman, vice provost for Extended Studies
Forum moderator, the Honorable Chad Schmucker, president of the National Judicial College
Colleen (Jo) Harvey, instructor, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)
Peggy Hora, California Superior Court Judge (retired)
Stephen Lafer, associate professor, College of Education
Joseph Roller, senior vice president, bank executive, California and Nevada
Katharine Schweitzer, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom (D.-Nev.), sponsor of the Nevada bill that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in 2013

The audience will be encouraged to join in a Q&A with panel members after their discussion.