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MU Constitution Day address focuses on Federalist Society

Jonathan WatsonNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The annual Manchester University Constitution Day lecture program commemorates Sept. 17, 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution of the United States of America.

For the 2017 Constitution Day program, attorney Jonathan Watson will discuss the history and philosophy of the Federalist Society – an influential organization of conservatives and libertarians who seek to reform the American legal system. 

The presentation will focus on the meaning of important concepts such as separation of powers, federalism, judicial restraint and constitutional interpretation. Discussing them in the context of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause, Watson will show how the concepts shed light on recent controversies surrounding the judicial nominations of Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch.

“The Federalist Society and the Supreme Court” is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street in North Manchester.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the MU College of Education and Social Sciences, the presentation is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series at the University.

Watson is an attorney with Anderson Agostino & Keller, P.C. in South Bend. He received his law degree from the Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 2005.

He is also an adjunct professor of paralegal studies and political science, as well as the Masters of Public Affairs program, at Indiana University-South Bend, where he has been teaching since 2010. Watson also teaches continuing legal education classes to lawyers and paralegals several times each year.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. It has students from 20 nations and is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

August 2017