A couple of opportunities to enjoy some good old-fashioned state constitutional law history are now being offered.

First, the NC Supreme Court Historical Society and Campbell Law School have joined forces with Court of Appeals Judge Beach Bob Hunter’s Ad Hoc Committee to Observe the 150th Anniversary of the 1868 NC Constitution to give us all something special.  Michael Kent Curtis, Wake Forest Law School Professor of Constitutional Law, will speak at a lunch meeting of the John Locke Foundation on Monday, November 19.  The meeting will be held at Campbell Law School.  To reserve a place, sign up on-line at https://www.johnlocke.org/event/history-and-significance-of-the-1868-constitution-of-north-carolina-in-observance-of-the-150th-anniversary/ or call the Locke Foundation at (919) 828-3876.  Operators are standing by.

Professor Curtis has authored two well-received books on constitutional law.  This meeting offers a great chance to hear a remarkable speaker discuss the historical context and significance of the post-Civil War constitution.

But wait!  There’s more!  Later that same day, at 5:00 on the evening of November 19, UNC Professor of Law John Orth and Justice Paul Newby, co-authors of The North Carolina State Constitution (part of the Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States), will hold an hour-long discussion of the 1868 state constitutional convention.  To set the proper atmosphere, that discussion will be held in the House Chamber of the NC State Capitol.  Following the discussion, Ann McColl’s one-act play “Constitutional Tales” will be performed.  For this evening presentation, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sounds like a pretty special day.  Make your plans accordingly.

–Bob Edmunds