Barton Welcomes Kevin McGuire for Constitution Day

WILSON, N.C. — In celebration of Constitution Day 2007, the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and the Wilson County Historical Association will co-sponsor a program on Monday, Sept. 17, featuring Dr. Kevin T. McGuire, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There is no charge for this event, and the community is invited to attend.

The event will begin with a brief reception from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Willis N. Hackney Library. At 7 p.m., Dr. McGuire will present a lecture addressing constitutional issues, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Dr. McGuire teaches and conducts research on the American judiciary, with a primary interest in the U.S. Supreme Court. His book, “The Supreme Court Bar: Legal Elites in the Washington Community,” an analysis of the participation and influence of Washington-based lawyers who specialize in litigation before the high court, received the “Choice” Outstanding Academic Book Award as well as being honored by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.

He also has written and edited several textbooks, including his most recent, “The Judicial Branch,” which he co-edited as part of Oxford University Press’s Institutions of American Democracy series. In addition, Dr. McGuire’s research has been published in numerous journals, including the “American Political Science Review,” the “American Journal of Political Science,” and the “Journal of Politics.”

Dr. McGuire earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with Honors, from West Virginia University and completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at Ohio State University. He received a Fulbright Fellowship for Lecturing and Research in Political Science at Trinity College at the University of Dublin in 2001 and was named an Ethics Fellow in the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. Among other awards, he has received the American Judicature Society Award (three times) and also has received the McGraw-Hill Award for work on public opinion and the Supreme Court.

A past member of several distinguished award committees and editorial boards, Dr. McGuire currently serves as co-editor for the Series on Constitutionalism and Democracy, University of Virginia Press and serves as a consulting editor in Political Science for McGraw-Hill, Inc., in addition to membership in regional and national political science associations.

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