Each year, UNC School of Law organizes the campus-wide Constitution Day celebration to commemorate September 17, the day on which the Constitution of the United States was signed. Constitution Day allows schools and colleges across the country to reflect on United States history, the deeper meanings within the Constitution and hopes it represents for the future.
The law school will celebrate the federal observance this year on September 14 with a fireside chat with United States Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta in the UNC School of Law Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at 4:00 p.m. Mary-Rose Papandrea, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, will engage with Associate Attorney General Gupta about her career and service as well as her work as it relates to the Constitution. A reception will follow the discussion.
Associate Attorney General Gupta is the 19th United States Associate Attorney General and serves as the third-ranking official at the Department of Justice. Associate Attorney General Gupta supervises multiple litigating divisions within the Department of Justice, including the Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Antitrust Division, Tax Division, and Environmental and Natural Resources Division. She also oversees the grantmaking components of the Department, including the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and supervises the Office of Information Policy, the Community Relations Service, the Executive Office for United States Trustees, and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Associate Attorney General Gupta previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s oldest and largest coalition of non-partisan civil rights organizations in the United States.
Associate Attorney General Gupta graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.
This event is open to the public.