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Collaborators David Boies and Ted Olson Continue Their Support for Gay Marriage at Sundance

The Constitution Project collaborators David Boies and Theodore Olson appear in the new film, The Case Against 8, which chronicles the legal battle to overturn California’s Proposition 8. The law, passed in 2008 denied gay couples in the state the right to vote. Boies and Olson were at the center of the successful legal effort to overturn the Proposition. Both men recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the documentary, and declared that they remain committed to legalizing gay marriage throughout the country.

Constitution Project Collaborator Geoffrey Stone on NSA Oversight Panel

University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone, a frequent collaborator on The Constitution Project, is on the NSA oversight panel that announced a number of tough recommendations for reforms to the embattled agency. President Obama’s recent speech on changes to the NSA signaled that the administration would follow a number of the panel’s suggestions. Other members on the panel include former acting head of the CIA Michael Morell, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein, former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke and George Institution of Technology professor Peter Swire. Professor Stone’s reaction to President Obama’s speech may be found here.

Professor Stone is an expert in Constitutional law and the tension between protecting national security and preserving civil rights in times of war. He has appeared in a number of our films on this and other topics, including, Creating a Constitution, Korematsu and Civil LibertiesChecks and Balances, as well as our upcoming films on the Second Amendment and the right of Habeas Corpus. Professor Stone has written several books, including “Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime,” chronicling how freedom of speech and other civil liberties have been curtailed during times of crisis.

For more from Professor Stone, check out his column at Huffington Post.

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Remembering Benjamin Franklin on His Birthday

January 17th is the 308th of Benjamin Franklin, author, printer, inventor, diplomat, scientist, postmaster and politician extraordinaire. Franklin’s contributions to science and culture can’t be overstated. But luckily, for a man who was so right about so many things, there is one thing Franklin got wrong: After the writing of the Constitution, Franklin predicted that the new government would last about 10 years. He and the other delegates who wrote the Constitution would be amazed to learn that their new form of government has flourished for over 220 years. Watch our film, Creating a Constitution, to learn how Franklin and men like George Washington and James Madison created a government that has exceeded even their most optimistic expectations.

Shriver Report Reminds Us that Lilly Ledbetter’s Fight for Pay Equality Continues

Earlier this week the Center for American Progress and Maria Shriver released The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink. The report exposed the continued wage gap that exists between men and women in the United States. Closing the gap would have a monumental impact on the nation’s economy, cutting the poverty rate in half for working women and adding an estimated nearly half a trillion dollars to the national economy. To learn more about this topic, watch our award-winning film, A Call to Act, about crusader Lilly Ledbetter and her fight for equal pay for women. Lilly lost her case before the Supreme Court but she remained undeterred. Her determination eventually led to the passage of the landmark Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007. The act, the first legislation signed into law by President Obama, makes it easier for employees to challenge pay discrimination in court.

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Watch Our Latest Film, The Right to Remain Silent, online

The Right to Remain Silent: Miranda v. Arizona is streaming online at the Annenberg Classroom website. Click here to learn about Ernesto Miranda’s case and how it changed the way our nation views the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination.

Search and Seizure Wins a Davey Award

The International Academy of the Visual Arts and the Davey Awards has selected Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio as a winner of a Silver Award in the Film and Video Education category. The team here at The Constitution Project is truly pleased to hear about this win as the Davey Awards does a great job at promoting small but extraordinarily creative firms.

Search and Seizure has been chosen for a Chris Statuette Award

The Constitution Project’s documentary, Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio, has been honored with another award. The film has been awarded a Chris Award from the Columbus International Film+Video Festival, which is one of the oldest film festivals in North America. It is a film festival that prides itself for promoting education through film and video which makes it a perfect fit for The Constitution Project.

Search and Seizure wins a Best Shorts Award

We are proud to announce another win for Search and Seizure. The Constitution Project’s latest documentary has won an Award of Excellence in the category of Educational, Instructional, and How To shorts. For additional information on this competition please visit www.bestshorts.net.

Search and Seizure is awarded a Videographer Award

Being that this award was judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, The Constitution Project is proud to announce this win. Search and Seizue: Mapp v. Ohio has been chosen out of 1,500 entries for an Award of Excellence in the category of Video for the Web/Educational Institution. Congrats team!

For more information about this festival, go to www.videoawards.com.

The Chicago International Film Festival Honors Search and Seizure with an Award

The Constitution Project is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio in the Adult Audience, Educational Programming category. It continues to be an honor to be recognized by this longstanding television film festival. Additional information about the 49th Chicago Film Festival Television Awards can be found at cinamachicago.org.

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