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Canisius College presents a panel discussion on “Dual Constitutionalism in America,” on Tuesday, September 20 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Regis Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Canisius College Raichle Pre-Law Center, the Bar Association of Erie County and the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara.

Panelists will include:

    • Hon. Eugene F. Pigott Jr., NYS Court of Appeals
    • Christopher Bopst ’95, chief legal and financial officer, Sam-Son Logistics
    • Peter J. Galie, former director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center and professor emeritus of political science, Canisius College

Robert A. Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center, will serve as panel moderator. The theme of the event, held in commemoration of Constitution Day, will be the tradition of dual constitutionalism in the United StatesPanelists will examine the national Constitution from the perspective of New York State’s Constitution – how does the state constitution shed light on our national constitution and vice versa? In what ways are they different and how are they similar?  Given that the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention to revise the New York State Constitution will appear on the ballot in November 2017, a focus of the discussion will include the respective models of the constitutional revision found in the two documents.

For more information about “Dual Constitutionalism in America,” contact Robert Klump, director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center at (716) 888-2884 or at

Submitted by: College Communications