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Ursuline hosts lively Constitution Day lecture

September 02, 2016

CNN legal analyst and Ursuline College’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law Avery Friedman will offer a non-partisan perspective on the Constitution in a free, public lecture on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Ursuline’s Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Student Learning Center. The College is at 2550 Lander Rd. in Pepper Pike.

The lecture celebrates Constitution Day which commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the most influential document in American history. Constitution Day was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

Friedman is a Cleveland attorney who teaches Women and the Law, Civil
 Rights, Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Law and the Media at Ursuline College. The Ursuline Sisters’ motto “to transform society through contemplation, justice and compassion” has been the centerpiece of his instruction. His students find in Friedman both an intellectual and moral model of the good that can be done through the law.
The Wall Street Journal called Friedman a “walking reference source” on civil rights law. He has lectured at over three dozen law schools including Stanford, Berkeley, Duke, Michigan, Tulane and the University of Texas and was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame. He has been recognized in TIME, The New York Times and USA Today as a nationally distinguished civil rights lawyer and law professor. Referred to as a “true freedom fighter” by the NAACP, Friedman has been CNN’s legal analyst every Saturday for 16 years with a national audience of over 3,000,000 viewers each week.

As part of this Constitution Day event, Ursuline will recognize Sabrina Mitchell, this year’s student recipient of the Avery Friedman Human Rights Scholarship, which is given each year to a Legal Studies student who has exemplified qualities consistent with the mission of Ursuline College and the advancement of human rights.

Ursuline’s Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association and taught through UCAP, the Ursuline College Adult Program, an adult bachelor’s degree completion program for working men and women looking to complete their program in an accelerated format.

For traditional undergraduate students, Ursuline also offers a pre-law designation which provides academic advising and law-focused events for students of any major. Thanks to a new partnership, pre-law students can complete both bachelor’s and law degrees in six years, instead of the traditional seven. In this 3+3 program, the senior year of the student’s undergraduate studies at Ursuline will coincide with their first year at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, allowing the student to earn a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline after their first year of law school studies.

For more information on or to contribute to the Avery Friedman Human Rights Scholarship, click here.

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