Constitutional Champions Gala
On September 18, 2017, The Constitution Project (TCP) hosted its Annual Constitutional Champions Gala in Washington, DC. The event honored two of our founders—individuals who have, in the face of adversity, stood up for the American ideals of liberty, justice, and the rule of law and fought to defend our nation’s Constitution and the rights it guarantees. This year, in addition to celebrating the 10th Annual Constitution Champions Gala, we also celebrated the 20th anniversary of TCP.
The event was a great success, with stirring words of warning about the state of our democratic system and adherence to our Constitution and its values, as well as praise for TCP’s work, from both Mort Halperin and Mickey Edwards. Click here for Mort and Mickey’s remarks.
For past Constitutional Champions, click here.
September 18, 2017
6:30 pm-9:00 pm
The law offices of Jones Day
300 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees, asranking member of the Foreign Operations subcommittee, and as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. Afterleaving Congress he taught for eleven years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where students chose him to receive the award given annually to the school’s outstanding professor, and then for two years at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before he was asked to return to Washington as a vice president of the Aspen Institute,where he directs a bipartisan fellowship program for elected officials.
Edwards has been a newspaper columnist for the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, broadcast a regular weekly commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and has had articles published in journals as diverse as The Atlantic, The Public Interest, Daedalus, The Nation, and Playboy. He is the author of several books on politics and public affairs, the most recent published by Oxford University Press and Yale University Press, and has directed task forces for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and served on others for the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Halperin is a senior advisor to the Open Society Foundations. In this capacity, he provides strategic guidance on U.S. and international issues. Halperin previously served as director of U.S. Advocacy for the Foundations.
Halperin has a distinguished career in federal government, having served in the Clinton, Nixon, and Johnson administrations including as Director of Policy Planning in the Department of State. He has a long record as a Washington advocate on national and international issues. He spent many years at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), serving as the director of the Washington office from 1984 to 1992, where he was responsible for the national legislative program. Halperin also served as the director of the Center for National Security Studies from 1975 to 1992, where he focused on issues affecting both civil liberties and national security.
Halperin has been associated with a number of universities and think tanks, including Harvard University, where he taught for six years (1960–1966), the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for American Progress (CAP). He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines across the world, and has authored, coauthored, and edited more than a dozen books.The recipient of numerous awards, including being a MacArthur Fellow, he serves on the boards of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, J Street and ONE. Halperin received his B.A. from Columbia College and holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University.