Lecture by Christopher Brook, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
Brook is legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he oversees the organization's legal program and its work on a wide range of constitutional law issues, including LGBT rights, racial justice and religious liberty. He will discuss current constitutional issues facing North Carolina. Immediately after the lecture, he will field questions from the audience.
About Christopher Brook
Christopher Brook grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate and law degrees. After graduating from Carolina Law in 2005, he worked in private practice for three years at the Raleigh civil litigation law firm of Cranfill, Sumner and Hartzog. He served as an adjunct professor at Carolina Law from 2007 to 2011, teaching Researching, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy.
Brook joined the ACLU of North Carolina as its legal director in May 2012. His practice areas correspond with the ACLU’s civil liberties focus, touching particularly on racial justice and LGBT issues, as well as First and Fourth Amendment concerns. In this position, he has worked to safeguard religious liberty in public schools, fought against Amendment One and to narrow its potential collateral consequence, and worked to protect free assembly rights in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. He is also a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Racial Justice Task Force.
We the People: Celebrate the United States Consititution
Two hundred and thirty years ago, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia's Independence Hall to sign the United States Constitution. Today, educational institutions across the country recognize this event on and around Sept. 17 with educational events and celebrations.
Signed into law in 2004, Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and also recognizes “all who, by coming of age or naturalization, have become citizens.” Government officials are encouraged to display the flag of the United States on government buildings to commemorate Constitution and Citizenship Day, and the people of the United States are invited to observe the day “in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.”
In 2005, Congress determined that educational institutions that receive federal funds for a given year must hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 of that year for the students they serve.
Faculty, staff and students at Appalachian have taken this opportunity to plan several events during the week of Sept. 17 to engage our campus community in discussions about the U.S. Constitution, its history and its meaning in today’s world.
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