Daytona Beach, FL – Today, September 17th, is Constitution Day, a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and people who have become U.S. citizens. At Embry-Riddle, from noon until 1 p.m., area judges and lawyers will discuss the challenges of the Fourth Amendment.
Assistant Professor for Security Studies and International Affairs, Ann Phillips, will be the moderator of the panel. The panel members are the Honorable Judge Richard Orfinger, appellate judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeal; the Honorable Judge Raul Zambrano, Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit (an Embry-Riddle alumnus); the Honorable James Purdy, Public Defender for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable R. J. Larizza, State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
Phillips said, “At a time when constitutional issues such as privacy, technology, border security, and presidential powers are in the news daily, it is more important than ever that we take the time to understand the Constitution.” The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure. Phillips said the panel will discuss when the government can search an individuals and what level of government warrant is needed to get access to your information.
Staff, students, and faculty will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Phillips said it will be a good way for students to learn what their rights are and to get hands-on information from people involved in the law-making process.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reports that approximately, 45,000 lawful permanent residents will become America’s newest citizens during the annual commemoration honoring the signing of the U.S. Constitution.