Constitution Day is a day set aside to observe the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd is credited with proposing the 2004 federal legislation that created the annual commemoration, which is mandatory for schools receiving federal funds. The celebration of Constitution Day in Nebraska is sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Court of Appeals through programming for high school and college students statewide.
The 2018 program featured oral arguments before the Nebraska Court of Appeals in a session at York College in York. The court heard several cases in morning and afternoon sessions, followed by questions and answers with students. Students from York College and surrounding area high schools attended. The Bar Foundation invites surrounding schools to attend. Typically, social studies, government or civics classes attend this educational outreach program.
For 2019 Constitution Day the Nebraska Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, on September 10, 2019.
The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Thom Leadership Education Center Auditorium (212 College Avenue). The Court of Appeals will hear several cases during both the morning and afternoon sessions, followed by an open question and answer session with students in attendance. Students will be given detailed descriptions of each case to help them follow the legal arguments.
Concordia College students, along with government and social studies classes from area high schools, are invited to attend. Reporters, including student journalists, are encouraged to participate and ask questions.This college campus initiative, designed by judges of the Court of Appeals, is intended to provide Nebraskans the opportunity to learn about the judicial branch.