Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution



Oakland County, MI (September 14, 2010) – On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had so carefully created, the United States Constitution.  To commemorate this historical day, the Oakland County Circuit Court will host a Constitution Day program Tuesday morning, September 14, 2010, for 300 students from various high schools in Oakland County. This novel and innovative Court organized event, led by Circuit Judges Michael Warren, Edward Sosnick, and retired Circuit Judge Fred Mester, is meant to provide students with a better understanding of the significance of the Constitution and to encourage further study in the classroom.  

Pursuant to legislation passed by Congress on May 24, 2005, Constitution Day is recognized nationally in schools as a day to celebrate not only the birth of our government but the principles America was founded on; that is, a commitment to the rule of law, limited government, the social compact, equality, and the secured blessings of liberty, equality and justice. 

This year’s theme, Equality and the Civil Rights Struggles, will begin at 9:00 in the Board of Commissioners Auditorium located at the Courthouse at 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac with an overview of the historical basis for the Constitution followed by Judge Sosnick who will speak on Equality and Civil Rights 1896 – 1954.  Students will then be divided into groups to visit courtrooms where various judges and volunteer lawyers will teach on the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education, which desegregated public schools.  After returning to the auditorium, students will participate in a fast-paced quiz bowl moderated by Fox 2 Legal Analyst Charlie Langton.  The program will conclude with a delivery of what it was like to live without equal rights by Bishop Edgar Vann, Pastor of Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit. 

“America can only remain free if every generation learns about and loves the Constitution and our founding First Principles and generating history,” said Judge Warren.  “The Court’s efforts are a great way to reach out to our high school students and help instill in them a greater appreciation of the blessings of liberty and how to maintain them.”

Other judges participating in this inspiring event are Chief Circuit Judge Nanci Grant, Circuit Judges Cheryl Matthews, Denise Langford Morris, Rudy Nichols and Joan Young, and Probate Judge Elizabeth Pezzetti, Presiding Judge of the Family Division.

The Constitution Day program is included as part of Patriot Week, September 11 – 17.  Patriot Week is a grassroots effort, co-chaired by Judge Warren and his daughter Leah and passed by the Michigan State Senate, to renew the spirit of America by celebrating our founding First Principles, major historical figures, key American documents, and historical flags.  The dates of September 11 (the anniversary of the terrorist attacks) and September 17 (anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution) frame the week.  To learn more about Patriot Week, visit:

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