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September 15, 2016

Doesn't the Constitution Guarantee Your Right to Vote?

A Constitution Day Event

St. Francis College Scholar in Residence Joan Millman hosted the Constitution Day Talk, Doesn't the Constitution Guarantee Your Right to Vote? on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

(Watch the Constitution Day Event)

Also talking at the event will be Susannah Karlsson (Brooklyn Defenders), a Special Litigation attorney in Brooklyn who works on addressing constitutional issues in the criminal justice system. Karlsson's legal career has singularly focused on challenging government violations of individuals' civil rights since graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University and receiving her Juris Doctor with distinction from Stanford Law School.

Constitution Day is federally mandated by the U.S. Congress which deemed that any educational institution that receives federal money must hold an educational program related to the Constitution to commemorate the signing on September 17, 1787.

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The St. Francis College St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society with moderator Professor Miriam Salholz is hosting the event.

St. Francis College Scholar in Residence Joan L. Millman represented the 52nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. A life-long educator, Millman spent over three decades working on behalf of New York City's children prior to entering the Assembly where she was a leading advocate on senior and educational issues and for consumer rights. As an Assemblywoman, Millman built a reputation for integrity, independence, and compassion. She served as Chair of the Assembly's Standing Committee on Aging as well as the Assembly Committee on Election Law where she worked to increase access to voting, limit the influence of special interests in elections, and level the playing field between political candidates. Assemblywoman Millman was an early advocate for the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park and worked to revitalize the entire Brooklyn waterfront. She has been on the forefront of the struggle to clean up the Gowanus Canal and adjacent properties, led the fight to keep Engine Company 205 open, and has also been a leader in the fight to save Long Island College Hospital; in both the firehouse and LICH campaigns, Millman was arrested protesting the proposed closures.

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