- In compliance with language inserted by Senator Robert C. Byrd into a 2005 federal spending bill requiring educational institutions that receive federal funds to hold programs about the United States Constitution on or near the September 17th anniversary of the document’s signing, Marshall University held its first annual “Celebration of the Constitution Week.” The program, running from September 19 to September 22, 2005 included a number of activities held on campus for the edification and entertainment of both the university population and the local community.
Events for the Celebration of the Constitution Week 2005
- Overview video of Constitution Week
- A panel discussion with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justices held on Monday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Frances-Booth Experimental Theater. The event was moderated by Federal District Judge Robert C. Chambers and welcome was given by Mr. Menis Ketchum, local attorney and Chair of the Marshall University Board of Governors. The Justices in attendance were: Chief Justice Joseph P. Albright,The Honorable Robin Jean Davis, The Honorable Larry V. Starcher, The Honorable Elliott Maynard, and the Honorable Brent D. Benjamin. The event was followed by an open reception honoring the Justices held in the Theater Lobby.
- A regularly scheduled fall argument docket session of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals held on Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. During the session, arguments were presented on several important cases including the unusual circumstance of people suing lawyers and issues such as taxation, health care and land-use planning.
- A luncheon immediately following the court session held in honor of the Justices in the Frances-Booth Experimental Theater. The event was hosted by the Drinko Academy and the West Virginia Bar Association. Sponsors of the luncheon included: Campbell, Woods, Bagley, Emerson, McNeer, Hendon P.L.L.C.; Farrell, Farrell and Farrell, L.C.; Huddleston Bolen, L.L.P.; Jenkins Fenstermaker, P.L.L.C.; Kenneth P. Hicks, L.C. and Llyod Jackson, Attorney at Law.
- A special Birthday Party held on September 22, at 12:00 p.m. celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the birth of John Marshall. A birthday cake, measuring 4’ by 8’, was ceremonially cut by President Stephen Kopp and Student Association Vice President Nikki Brown. The party was held on the plaza in front of the Memorial Student Center. (view video highlight)
- A 250th Anniversary Celebration banquet honoring John Marshall was held in the Frances-Booth Experimental Theater. Professor Jean Edward Smith, the keynote speaker, addressed the audience on the topic: “A Profile of the Great Chief Justice”. The program was sponsored by the Drinko Academy, the Office of the President and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society.