August 20: A Unique Crash Course on the American Constitution (with Tom Skinner, Richard Rossman, Phil Mikesell, and Bill Rastetter)
**If this event is sold out, and you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Earlene Hill**
Tuesday, August 20
9:00am – 3:00pm (bring lunch)
9:00am – Introduction by Tom Skinner, distribution of personal pocket booklets of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and screening of Episode 1, “A Constitution in Writing.”
10:00am – Discussions with Phil Mikesell, Rich Rossman, and Bill Rastetter.
11:00am – Screen and discuss Episode 2, “A Constitution for All.”
12:00pm – Three simultaneous discussions (over lunch).
1:00pm – Screen and discuss Episode 3, “Our Constitution at Risk.”
3:00pm – Conclusion.
(times are approximate)
A More or Less Perfect Union, scheduled for broadcast in the winter of 2020, is the most recent project produced under his direction as Senior Executive Producer at Free To Choose Network. With over 50 years of a program executive in public and commercial television, Tom is the recipient of 4 national Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and an Academy Award as Director of the feature-length documentary, Journey into Self. Programs under his direction include The National Geographic Specials, The Infinite Voyage, and Planet Earth.
Rich Rossman is the Executive Director and a past president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA), a bipartisan and nonpartisan group of more than 300 former U.S. Attorneys from administrations as far back as President Kennedy. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, as the chief assistant U.S. Attorney, and as the chief deputy federal defender. A lawyer and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Rich is more than qualified to engage our “Summinarians” on issues related to the Constitution.
For over 40 years, Phil Mikesell taught political science at Wabash College in Indiana and has often offered short courses on issues of contemporary interest in the Extended Education Program at Northwestern College. He has a keen interest in all phases of “the law that governs the laws that govern us” and is eager to participate in this unique day- long “crash course” on the Constitution.
With almost 50 years of experience dealing with constitutional issues in federal litigation, Indian law, and Civil Rights law, Bill Rastetter is a welcome addition to the Leelanau Summinars.