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2019 Constitution Day

Constitution Day 2019

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 18, in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.  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 Michael Thomas Goodwin v. Iowa District Court for Davis County beginning at 9:00 a.m. and State of Iowa v. Juan Daniel Salcedo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Both cases will be streamed live on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel.

For Students and Teachers

Michael Thomas Goodwin v. Iowa District Court for Davis County
Case summary, legal issues, and discussion topics for students by Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler
Briefs

State of Iowa v. Juan Daniel Salcedo
Case summary, legal issues, and discussion topics for students by Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler
Briefs

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

The Iowa 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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