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Constitution Day 2021

Constitution Day 2021

The Iowa Judicial Branch joins The Iowa State Bar Association to present a Constitution day program for Iowa high school students on Wednesday, September 15.  The program includes online Podcasts that social studies students in classrooms across the state are encouraged to listen to before live streaming the Iowa Supreme Court oral arguments.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear attorneys argue in the case Jesse Vroegh v. Iowa Department of Corrections, et al., and Wellmark, Inc. beginning at 9:00 am. The case will be streamed live on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel.

For Students and Teachers

Jesse Vroegh v. Iowa Department of Corrections, et al., and Wellmark, Inc.

Case summary, legal issues, and discussion topics for students by Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler

Briefs

Constitution Day Oral Argument and Court of Appeals Q&A Video 

What is an oral argument?

The Iowa Constitution and Our Courts

In our podcast, In the Balance, the Iowa Judicial Branch has covered topics such as the basics of the court system in Iowa, how appellate court cases are chosen and decided, and the differences between the United States Constitution and Iowa's Consitution. Find links to listen to these episodes below.

Episode 4 Iowa's Trial and Appellate Courts
Episode 3 An Interview with Justice Edward Mansfield on How the Iowa Supreme Court Selects its Caseload
Episode 13 Iowa Constitution Day with Justice Brent Appel

Additional Resources

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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