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Constitution Day 2017

The Iowa Judicial Branch joins the Iowa Department of Education and The Iowa State Bar Association to present a Constitution Day program for Iowa high school students on Wednesday, September 20. The program includes an online orientation video that social studies students in classrooms across the state are encouraged to watch before live streaming the Iowa Supreme Court oral arguments.

The supreme court will hear attorneys argue in the case City of Cedar Rapids v. Marla Marie Leaf beginning at 9:30 a.m. and State of Iowa v. Danielle Brown beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

Summary and briefs for City of Cedar Rapids v. Marla Marie Leaf

Summary and briefs for Iowa v. Danielle Brown

We the People: the Iowa Constitution and Our Courts


A nine-minute orientation video, entitled "We the People: The Iowa Constitution and Our Courts," begins with Chief Justice Mark Cady addressing the importance of the Iowa Constitution and how the courts use the document to resolve disputes between Iowans. Then, Justice Daryl Hecht explains how a person can appeal a case to the supreme court and what happens during oral arguments.

The United States Constitution

A scan of the original Iowa Constitution

The Constitution of Iowa adopted in convention March 3, 1857

Constitution Day recognizes the ratification of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. In 1911, the State of Iowa was the first state to celebrate Constitution Day. In 2004, legislation established the Federal observance of Constitution Day.

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