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Celebrate the Constitution of the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 17, by attending a timely discussion about the presidential and congressional authority to authorize military actions short of war, with a focus on Syria. Scott L. Silliman ’68, adjunct professor of law at UNC and expert in national security and military law, will present “The War Powers Resolution, the Constitution and the Use of Force in Syria” at noon in the rotunda of UNC School of Law’s Van Hecke-Wettach Hall.

“We are honored to dedicate a day to the contemplation and discussion of constitutional issues, particularly as they are relevant to the looming question of the potential use of force in Syria,” says John Charles “Jack” Boger ’74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law.

Silliman is a professor of the practice of law at Duke Law School and served as executive director of the Duke Center on Law, Ethics and National Security from its inception in 1993 until July 2011. President Obama nominated Silliman to be a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review, and he was sworn in on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Published September 6, 2013.