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Date: September 6, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin to Speak at Montgomery College
In Honor of Constitution Day, Sen. Raskin to Discuss Constitutional Patriotism on Sept. 20

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Maryland State Senator Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) will speak about constitutional patriotism on Thursday, September 20 at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement is hosting Senator Raskin’s talk in honor of Constitution Day. The event will take place at 11 a.m. in the Resource Center, Room 204, located at 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. It is free and open to the public.

Senator Raskin is a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law and director of its Program on Law and Government and the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. In 1999, he founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which has sent hundreds of law students at seven different law schools into public high schools to teach thousands of students a semester-long course in constitutional literacy.

Senator Raskin has authored several books, including the bestselling “Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People” and “We the Students,” which analyzes Supreme Court decisions affecting America’s students. Raskin is an active pro bono lawyer, and has represented high school students facing censorship, Greenpeace, unions defending their free speech rights, Ross Perot in his suit to be included in presidential debates, and most recently Cindy Sheehan in her successful effort to get charges dropped when she was arrested at the 2006 State of the Union Address in the Capitol building for wearing an anti-war t-shirt.

In September 2006, Raskin won his first bid for public office, winning a seat on the Maryland Senate for District 20, which includes Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Now a member of the Maryland Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Regions, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics and the Joint Committee on Federal-State Relations, Senator Raskin saw nine of his bills passed into law in his first legislative session, including a consumer safety law protecting automobile purchasers, a law giving tenants facing a condo conversion the right to purchase their units and to be notified of the purchase price six months in advance, a law establishing September 17 as Constitution and Bill of Rights Day in Maryland, and the now-famous National Popular Vote law, which made Maryland the first state in the Union to adopt a plan for a nationwide interstate compact to cast every state’s electoral college votes for the winner of the national popular vote.

For further information or to request accommodation for a disability, contact Dr. Francine Jamin at francine.jamin@montgomerycollege.edu or 240-567-1385.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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