The 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution will be observed Sept. 17. As part of the celebration, four local events have been scheduled, two at The Avid Reader and two at the Farmers Market.
* On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., there will be a discussion of the newly released book, “The Roberts Court” by Marcia Coyle. Subtitled “The Struggle for the Constitution,” this book covers four landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning health care, money in elections, guns at home and race in schools, and examines how those cases began and how they ultimately exposed the great divides among the justices.
Coyle is the chief Washington correspondent for The National Law Journal and has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years.
Journalist Bob Woodward has referred to “The Roberts Court” as “one of the best Supreme Court books in years.” Kenneth W. Starr, former solicitor general of the United States, terms the book “a wonderful addition to the literature about the court.”
The Avid Reader is offering the book at a 30 percent discount.
Leading the discussion will be Stan Forbes, chairman of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Forbes served on the Davis Board of Education from 1987 to 1996 and on the Davis City Council from 1996 to 2000. He owns The Avid Reader at The Tower in Sacramento.
* On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., McGeorge Professor of Law John Cary Sims will speak at The Avid Reader on the subject of the 4th Amendment in light of recent revelations concerning the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency.
The Fourth Amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Sims is an attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader. He has handled a wide range of complex cases at all levels of the state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
* On Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives of “We the People of Davis” will have a table at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The local group is interested in promoting knowledge and understanding of the Constitution.
Visitors to the table can spin the wheel and answer easy to difficult questions about the country’s founding document.
For more information, call The Avid Reader at 530-758-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.