Constitution Day 2011

Mercer Law School Celebrates Constitution Day with Speaker Kathryn Abrams, Berkeley Law Professor

Noted constitutional law scholar Kathryn Abrams, a professor at University of California, Berkeley Law School, will present “Fear and Loathing in Maricopa County: The Emotions of Immigration Regulation” at Mercer Law School’s Constitution Day celebration. The event will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 16 in the moot courtroom of the Law School. It is free and open to the public.

Abrams will speak during the University’s observance of Constitution Day, a national holiday that commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Established by federal law in 2004, Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The day is also designed to recognize those who have become U.S. citizens.

“Kathy Abrams is one of the most prolific, wide-ranging, and respected legal scholars of our time,” said Dean Gary Simson. “The Law School is honored to have her speak on Constitution Day, the national holiday commemorating the signing of the document that has proven to be such a brilliant charter for our nation. Professor Abrams is invariably thoughtful and creative in her work, and I am eager to hear her perspective on this constitutional law topic of great current interest.”

Abrams is Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law at UC-Berkeley School of Law. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught at the law schools at Boston University and Cornell University, where she also directed the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies. For two decades, Professor Abrams’ work has focused on feminist legal theory, particularly on questions of feminist epistemology and the role of narrative in legal scholarship, feminist understandings of women’s agency, and the theorization of sexual harassment. In the past few years, she has become interested in the role of emotion in law – a focus that has often been neglected due to law’s aspirations to objectivity and rationality. Professor Abrams’ most recent work analyzes the way that emotion shapes social movements which seek to influence the law. Her current project, on the role of emotion in the controversy over Arizona’s SB 1070, is part of this effort.

About Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 440 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit or call 478.301.5000.