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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2015 Constitution Day Featured Speakers

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2015 Constitution Day Schedule

All events will be held in CSU 150 – Ostrander Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

11:00am-11:30am "Corporate Personhood and the Effects of Obergell v. Hodges"
Dr. Susan Burum, Dept. Government
Dr. Georgia Holmes, Dept. Accounting
Related Resource: Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

Karen Korematsu12:00noon-1:30pm "Korematsu v. United States (1944): The Growing Legacy of Fred T. Korematsu, National Civil Rights Hero"
Ms. Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute
Related Resource:

2:00pm-3:00pm "To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South"
Dr. Angela Jill Cooley, Dept. History
Related Resource: Katzenbach v. McClung (1964)
Book Reference: ISBN-10: 0820347590; University of Georgia Press (May 15, 2015), Author: Dr. Angela J. Cooley

To Live and Dine in DixieDr. Angela Jill Cooley
Photo Credit: Brian Nelson.

Bio: Dr. Angela J. Cooley
Angela Jill Cooley joined the faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Cooley teaches U.S. Constitutional History and Civil Rights. She has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama. Before joining the history faculty at MSU, Mankato, she completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Dr. Cooley’s research interests include twentieth-century legal and constitutional history and food studies. Her first book, To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South, was published by the University of Georgia Press in May 2015.

Patricia Nelson3:00pm-4:00pm "The Law Enforcement Balancing Act: Protecting 1st and 5th Amendment Rights"
Dr. Patricia Nelson, Dept. Government
Related Resources:
Texas v. Johnson (1989)
Snyder v. Phelps (2011)
Woods. v. Moss (2014)

Session Abstract:
Law Enforcement officers and agencies have to perform a balancing act during every encounter to ensure that legal procedure is followed while protecting the 1st and 5th amendment rights of citizens. The 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech and right to assembly are guaranteed, however, the United States Supreme Court has provided some guidance for the limitations and restrictions that law enforcement agencies can place on those freedoms. The 5th amendment right to protect against self-incrimination, commonly known as Miranda rights, has been popularized through mass media, but is a misunderstood right. During this presentation, we will be exploring the constitutional rights, the US Supreme court cases, and the balancing act that law enforcement must do to ensure those rights while maintaining public safety.

Bio: Dr. Patricia Nelson
Patricia Nelson joined the faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Fall 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Law Enforcement Program. Dr. Nelson's teaches Terrorism and Political Violence, Law Enforcement Mindset, MN Criminal Code, as well as the Public Safety Leadership track of the MPA program. Before joining MSU, Mankato, Dr. Nelson was a licensed peace officer for the Minneapolis Police Department for 17 years, ending her career as a sergeant in 2013. Dr. Nelson's research focuses on identifying appropriate points of contact between communities and law enforcement agencies, recruiting officers into the profession, homeland security policy topics, and leadership in public safety agencies. During her professional experience, she had to encounter, interpret, enforce, and teach issues and strategies for balancing constitutional rights with law enforcement practices.