Baliles Legacy Series Presentation: The Constitution of Virginia: Looking Back and Looking
Ahead—An In–Depth Legal Analysis of the Commonwealth's Governing Document. January
2021. Annual Meeting of the Virginia Bar Association.
Click the link to watch a recording of the presentation on
WITH GOOD REASON, a podcast hosted by Virginia Humanities, featured a a segment on the
50th anniversary of the Virginia Constitution that aired on stations across Virginia
in late February 2021. A recording of the program can be found at on their website. Scroll down to the last segment titles “Amending the
A conversation with Norfolk State University President Javaune Adams-Gaston, James Madison
University President Jonathan Alger, University of Virginia law professor A. E. Dick Howard, and
Justice Elizabeth McClanahan, president of the Appalachian School of Law, sponsored by James
Madison University and Norfolk State University. To listen to the program recording visit the linked YouTube video.
On April 15, 2021, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia
Commonwealth University held is annual Virginia Government Awards ceremony celebrating
Virginians who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the
welfare of our communities and citizens. Professor A. E. Dick Howard, professor of law at
the University of Virginia, received the Hill–Robinson Expansion of Freedom Award for
his work as principle drafter of the Virginia Constitution of 1971 and his work since
advising governments around the world on drafting new constitutions. To view the awards
ceremony see this YouTube video. Professor Howard’s remarks may be viewed at this YouTube video.
The results of the Virginia History Day competition were announced by the Virginia Museum of
History and Culture in early May. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Virginia constitution,
a special A.E. DICK HOWARD PRIZE IN VIRGINIA CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY was awarded this
year to a student entry that demonstrated superior understanding of Virginia's
constitutional tradition and how the rights and duties of citizens and their government have
changed over time. This award honors Professor A.E. Dick Howard of the University of
Virginia School of Law, the executive director of Virginia's Commission on Constitutional
Revision (1968–1971). Congratulations to Rithika Bhagavatula and Jordyn Krajewski,
students at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and James River High School, for their
project “Headlines and Bloodlines: The Role of Media in Inspiring and Infuriating America
America's Town Hall, National Constitution Center
Participants: A.E. Dick Howard (Professor of Law, University of Virginia); Jeffrey Sutton (chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit); Emily Zackin (associate professor of political science, Johns Hopkins University); and Jeffrey Rosen (president and CEO, National Constitution Center).
A link to more details regarding this event, including a recorded presentation, is available for reference here.
Original copies of four of Virginia’s constitutions, including the first constitution adopted
in 1776, were on display at the Library of Virginia in honor of the 50th anniversary of
the Virginia Constitution of 1971. To see the display and learn more about these special documents see youtu.be/V7b4Jqec43o.
Library of Virginia Lecture Hall
Special in–person program focusing on the Constitution of 1971 with a panel discussion
moderated by A. E. Dick Howard (Warner–Booker Distinguished Professor of Law at the
University of Virginia and the former executive director of the Commission on Constitutional
Revision, 1968–1970). Panelists will include Henry L. Chambers Jr. (professor of law,
University of Richmond), Catherine Ward (University of Virginia School of Law, Class of
2022), and Brian Cannon (Director of Campaigns, Institute for Political Innovation). A recording of the program is available at youtu.be/Kc0wM83s_SU.
Registration required: here
(Online & Multiple Locations)
"The 50th Anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution" is the theme of the Library of
Virginia's 2021 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Institute, sponsored in partnership with
Virginia Humanities. Teachers discover new digital resources and explore how to use primary
sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms in this annual workshop. The
one–day event will be held both virtually (August 2) and in person in Abingdon (July
22), Norfolk (July 29), and Richmond (August 3), offering tools, resources, and content to
aid educators in teaching about the 1971 Virginia Constitution and its legacies. All events
will include live Q&As with Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers, such
as legal scholar A. E. Dick Howard, the Warner–Booker Distinguished Professor of
International Law at the University of Virginia. For more information, visit edu.lva.virginia.gov/brown/brown-institute.
An Academic Symposium on the 1971 Constitution of Virginia, hosted by the Journal of Law & Politics at the University of Virginia School of Law. Information will be made available at lawandpolitics.org.
Banner Lecture: “The Constitution of Virginia: Defining the Political Community,” by A. E. Dick Howard. Presented by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Learn more at www.virginiahistory.org.