Question of the Week

Tell Us Which Sentence of the US Constitution You Would Rewrite, and How You Would Rewrite It


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In early October, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told the Chicago Bar Association at its annual John Paul Stevens Award luncheon of his desire to amend the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution by adding four words to it as shown in italics below:

“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges and other public officials in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”

This rewording would make clear that the federal government can use state officials to carry out national policies, he said.

So this week, we’d like you to tell us which sentence of the U.S. Constitution you would rewrite, and how you would rewrite it. Also tell us what your rewrite would change or clarify about U.S. law.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What Does Your Workplace Do to Make You Feel Appreciated?

Featured answer:

Posted by Rebecca: “I am allowed to bring my dog to work. Whenever I settle a case, I give my paralegals lottery tickets and a small gift with a handwritten note that I appreciate all their hard work and team effort on this case. (They also get bonuses at Christmastime.) Depending how large the $ award is, I get our boss to give us an ‘employee appreciation break’—build your own ice cream sundae … lunch … wings … etc. Little inexpensive things seem to go a long way to make support staff feel as though they are part of the team.”

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