Program in Public Law

Program in Public Law

The Program in Public Law promotes better understanding of our nation’s public institutions, of the Constitutional framework in which they function, and of the principles and laws that apply to the work of public officials.
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Upcoming Events

  • Does Congress Take the Constitution Seriously? A Constitution Day Conversation

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3041 

    Do Members of Congress take the U.S. Constitution seriously?  Do they attempt to shape their actions to what the Constitution says?  Do they instead shape what the Constitution says so that it supports their actions (and condemns the actions of their opponents)?  Or do they largely disregard the Constitution?  Duke professors Chris Schroeder and Neil Siegel and UNC professor Michael Gerhardt will discuss these questions from both an historical and a contemporary perspective.  Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information please contact Sarah Holsapple at

  • Hate Crimes in Cyberspace - Danielle Citron

    Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3041 

    The Program in Public Law welcomes Danielle Citron, Duke Alum and Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law to discuss her new book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. Co-sponsored by the Program in Public Law and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Sarah Holsapple at for more information.