Professor Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02) to present ‘Does the Constitution Deserve Our Fidelity: Lessons on Equality and Liberty’ on Thursday, Sept. 17, in celebration of Constitution Day

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Wake Forest University will celebrate Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, with the lecture, “Does the Constitution Deserve Our Fidelity: Lessons on Equality and Liberty,” presented by Law Professor Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02). The presentation, which is free and open to the Wake Forest community as well as the public, will be held at noon in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1302.

Professor Gilreath (JD ’02), who has a cross appointment in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities and constitutional interpretation. He was invited to give this year’s Constitution Day lecture by Provost Rogan Kersh. Gilreath’s books include “Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today” (2006) and “The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation” (2011) (Cambridge University Press). His innovative casebook, “Sexual Identity Law in Context: Cases and Materials,” published by Thomson-West (2007) (2nd ed. with Lydia Lavelle, 2011), is designed to put the law concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into a social context. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law, Freedom of Religion and Gender and the Law.

The celebration is part of a nationwide initiative to promote increased understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the role it plays in today’s world.

In December 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia added an amendment to Public Law 108-447, requiring all educational institutions that receive federal funds provide an educational program on Sept. 17, commemorating the date that the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787. The Wake Forest University Constitution Day 2015 is sponsored by Wake Forest Law.