Impact of Supreme Court Appointments Is Focus of Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 18 at Wilkes University

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (09/04/2018) Wilkes University will observe Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 18 with a timely lecture exploring Supreme Court nominations and their impact on the constitution. Michael R. Dimino, a professor at Widener University Commonwealth Law School will speak about "Supreme Court Appointments and the Battle for the Constitution". The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. in Room 106 of Breiseth Hall.

Dimino is an expert on election law. An author of a casebook on the subject, he has written widely on the election of judges. He also teaches and writes about constitutional law, legislation, constitutional criminal procedure, administrative law, federal courts, and U.S. Supreme Court politics.

Dimino served as chief clerk to associate Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt of the New York State Court of Appeals, and then clerked for senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Constitution Day is a federal observance that commemorates the implementation of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1786. It was this day that representatives from the Constitutional Convention, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, signed the document in Philadelphia.

For more information on the lecture, contact Kyle Kreider chair in the division of behavioral and social sciences and professor of political science, at

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at