CLE# 2011-037: From Gun Control to Gay Rights: Democracy, Fundamental Rights and Constitution
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
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Many of the most important constitutional issues involve cases where individuals challenge actions taken by local governments or voters. For example, voters in several states have passed referendums to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Individuals supporting same-sex marriage have challenged these laws. Similarly, some cities and towns have enacted gun controls measures to deal with urban violence. These too have been challenged by gun control opponents.
Professor Thomas Metzloff is the faculty advisor to the Alaska Law Review which is published at Duke Law School. He is the producer of the documentaries, and the director of the Voices of American Law project. The goal of the project is to interview the parties, attorneys, experts, and judges who were involved in the development of important Supreme Court cases dealing with key constitutional values (such as the First Amendment, privacy rights, property rights). The interviews are then used to create detailed documentaries that are being widely used in law schools and other educational settings to study Constitutional rights and values.