Join Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Constituting America’s Student Ambassadors, Tova Love Kaplan, Dakare Chatman, Jewel Gilbert and Jorne Gilbert chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom!
Topic: Aristotle & Natural Law
Special Guest: Professor Joerg Knipprath
When: Tuesday 3/23/2021 at 2:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central
An expert on constitutional law, Joerg Knipprath has been interviewed by print and broadcast media on a number of related topics ranging from recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to presidential succession. He has written opinion pieces and articles on business and securities law as well as constitutional issues, and has focused his more recent research on the effect of judicial review on the evolution of constitutional law. He has also spoken on business law and contemporary constitutional issues before professional and community forums.
“Students will find that there are certain fundamental constitutional law issues that have been argued for centuries and continue to be argued to this day.”
A member of the Southwestern faculty since 1987, Professor Knipprath says he finds teaching constitutional law “a great source of personal satisfaction as it enables me to delve further into this fascinating subject matter and its intricacies with my students than I could in practice.” He points out that regardless of the historical and philosophical influences on constitutional law, it seems “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In 2003, Professor Knipprath was named as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law and in 2009, received Southwestern’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Professor Knipprath began his academic career as a teaching assistant in Stanford University’s political science department while working on his J.D. Following graduation from law school, he joined the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Latham & Watkins and later Poindexter & Doutré. During that time, he also taught on the adjunct faculty at Southwestern and in the Business School of Economics at California State University, Northridge, for several years before his full-time appointment at Southwestern in 1987.
Actress Janine Turner is famous for her role as Maggie O’Connell in televisions’ Northern Exposure. She is the Founder and Co-President of Constituting America which launched in 2010. She is still acting but she is also actively teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution given over 540 speeches to classrooms across the country.
Cathy Gillespie is the co-president of Constituting America and one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026! She is a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission.
Tova Love Kaplan is seventeen years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves as the National Youth Director for Constituting America, and runs the National Youth Advisory Council. She is a three-time winner of the “We the Future” contest and is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Jewel Gilbert is Executive Producer of Sing for America, a family based company that he founded with his brother Jorne. Sing For America seeks to show the art of Truth and Light through live performance. Both Jewel and his brother are proud former We The People contest winners! Sing For America is an actor-run theatre company which specializes in semi-professional musicals, private training in the arts, school drama solutions, and public entertainment events all while revealing a colorblind world onstage. Jewel and his brother are graduates of Moravian College, where they each earned a BA in Musical Performance and Dramatic Production.
Jorne Gilbert is Operations Director of Sing for America, aa family based company that he founded with his brother Jewel. Sing For America seeks to show the art of Truth and Light through live performance. Both Jorne and his brother are proud former We The People contest winners! Sing For America is an actor-run theatre company which specializes in semi-professional musicals, private training in the arts, school drama solutions, and public entertainment events all while revealing a colorblind world onstage. Jorne and his brother are graduates of Moravian College, where they each earned a BA in Musical Performance and Dramatic Production.