USA Constitution Week Events to be Held Sept. 16-17: UA Law Dean to Give Lecture on Marriage and Constitutional Change


Posted on September 15, 2014 by Joy Washington
Joy Washington


Dr. Mark E. Brandon, dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama Law School, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 16, as part of 2014 Constitution Week.  data-lightbox='featured'
Dr. Mark E. Brandon, dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama Law School, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 16, as part of 2014 Constitution Week.

The University of South Alabama Foundation and department of political science and criminal justice presents the 2014 Constitution Week featuring the Judge Harry J. Wilters, Jr. Lecture Series featuring Dr. Mark E. Brandon, dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama Law School, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the USA Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Brandon will lecture on “Marriage and Constitutional Change.” He brings a wealth of knowledge on constitutional law, academia, private and public law practices to USA.

Brandon earned a juris doctorate and a Ph.D. in physiology. He was recently named dean of the UA School of Law, effective July 2014, after serving as professor of law at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he also served as the director of the school’s constitutional law and theory program and co-director of the law and government program. He also served as the FedEx Research Professor of Law and began a holding a secondary appointment in the department of political science at Vanderbilt in 2004.

Brandon is also the author of “Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure” and “States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order,” which is a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.

The lecture is named in honor of Judge Harry J. Wilters, Jr., a legendary jurist and lawyer in Baldwin County. He received his juris doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law. Wilters practiced law for 60 years and served as presiding judge of the 28th Judicial Circuit Court in Baldwin County for 14 years. He also continued to serve his community on special cases. The law library in Bay Minette bears his name.

His family established the endowed Judge Harry J. Wilters, Jr. Lecture Series to support the programs of the USA department of political science and criminal justice. The endowed lecture will provide funding for an annual lecture in Constitutional Law and Professional Ethics, which are the core values of Wilters’ creed in upholding the law.

The Constitution Day program will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the USA Marx Library Auditorium. The program title is “Supreme Court 2014-2015: Case Reviews.” The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Ron Nelson in the USA political science and criminal justice department at (251) 460-6725, or send an e-mail to rnelson@southalabama.edu.


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