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Phi Akpha Delta DC trip

Pictured in front of the Supreme Court are the members of the Canisius pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta who journeyed to Washington, DC in April.

Highlights of the excursion included attending oral arguments at the Supreme Court, meeting with two of Justice Clarence Thomas’s law clerks, touring FBI headquarters, attending proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and having dinner with Canisius alumni located in DC.

In addition, members of the group visited notable monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial and many of the Smithsonian museums including the Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.

This was the 31st PAD/DC excursion which was initiated by Raichle Pre-Law Center Director Robert Klump in 1991.

Submitted by: Robert Klump, Director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Canisius in the News

Robert Klump was interviewed on WBEN-AM Radio 930’s “A New Morning” program on March 5.

The director of the Raichle Pre-Law Center and adjunct professor of political science provided analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Anderson, in which the court ruled that states lack the power to remove former President Trump from the ballot on the grounds that he engaged in an insurrection against the U.S. on January 6, 2021.

Click here to listen to the interview.


Submitted by: University Communications 


Celebrate Constitution Day

The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center, the Political Science Department and Phi Alpha Delta are pleased to announce that Canisius’ commemoration of Constitution Day 2022 will feature a forum on the major decisions released by the Supreme Court in June concerning abortion, the Second Amendment and the right to carry a concealed weapon, and the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Criminal trial and appellate attorney Barry Covert, longtime federal prosecutor and adjunct professor Paul Campana and Raichle Pre-Law Center director Robert Klump will lead the discussion.  Adjunct professor and Desmond Society board member attorney Stacey Moar will moderate the event, which will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter (’42) Student Center.

Constitution Day is a day on which colleges and universities, as mandated by federal law, recognize and celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

All are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Submitted by: Robert Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center

Canisius to Commemorate Constitution Day

Canisius to Commemorate Constitution Day

On Thursday, October 7, the Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center and the Charles S. Desmond pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta will mark the college’s annual commemoration of Constitution Day.   Members of Phi Alpha Delta will be located at a table just inside the entrance to the library, and will distribute pocket Constitutions to members of the campus community from 9:30-11:00 a.m.. The U.S. Congress approved the declaration of Constitution Day in 2005 in response to legislative efforts to formally recognize the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Submitted by: Robert A. Klump, director, Raichle Pre-Law Center