Constitution Day: Drones and the Fourth Amendment

When September 20, 2017, 9:30 AM
Where McKnight Hall, Cone University Center
Website
Speaker(s) Jeff Welty, UNC Chapel Hill & Neil Godfrey, Sheriff of Moore County, NC
Registration Details & Deadlines
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public, Students, Faculty and Staff
Parking Details Paid visitor parking is available in the Cone 1 parking deck.

Do drones fly “above the law?” That question will be the focus of the annual Constitution Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at UNC Charlotte.

Student leaders from the Pre-law Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Graduate Program and Levine Scholars program will moderate the discussion on how and why the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does or does not apply to drones.

The 4th Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…”

The discussion will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in McKnight Hall of the Cone University Center. The event is open to students, faculty and staff, and the public without charge. Paid visitor parking is available in the Cone 1 parking deck. Doughnuts and coffee will be served before the presentation.

Guest panelists will include:

  • Jeff Welty, J.D., associate professor of Public Law and Government in the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government, and director of the North Carolina Judicial College, and
  • Neil Godfrey, Sheriff of Moore County, NC.

Pilot Tim Davis of the  Moore County Sheriff’s Office will give a special drone demonstration.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is officially celebrated on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they created. The annual observance is hosted by the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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