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Creator of NPR’s Your Weekly Constitutional Professor Stewart Harris to Speak at King Nov. 4

BRISTOL, Tenn., October 22, 2015 – Stewart Harris, J.D., creator of NPR’s Your Weekly Constitutional radio program and professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., will speak at King University on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. Harris’ lecture topic is “A Shield, Not a Sword: Social Justice and the United States Constitution.” The lecture is sponsored by King’s Department of Social Work.

“We are honored to have Professor Harris present these socially relevant topics that provide richness of education pertinent to social work and all of society,” says Jodi Helbert, MSW, AACC, Ph.D. candidate, assistant professor and program coordinator of King University’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program. “Professor Harris brings a logically integrative perspective on social and restorative justice issues and the legal system. There is much to be gained for everyone in listening to Professor Harris and we are elated to join with him in this endeavor.”

Harris graduated from Princeton University in 1983. In his sophomore year, he was selected for admission to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a multidisciplinary program spanning the Departments of Politics, History, Sociology, and Economics. His independent work at the Wilson School focused primarily on international security and nuclear weapons policy. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1986, where he won the Law School's Edwin R. Keedy Cup, the school’s moot court championship.

Professor Harris worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., where he spent four years on Capitol Hill advising the Army Corps of Engineers on flood control and navigation projects throughout the continental United States. His duties included drafting congressional testimony for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

Following his time in D.C., Harris worked for a large private law firm before establishing his own law practice in Florida with his wife, Priscilla, who is now also on the ASL faculty. In Florida, the Harrises concentrated on environmental, civil rights, and First Amendment law, notably obtaining a half-million dollar settlement for a public official who had been libeled by a newspaper.

In 1999, Harris began teaching at the University of Florida College of Law. In 2001, he accepted a position on the faculty of the Appalachian School of Law, where he has earned the Faculty Scholarship Award and multiple awards for teaching. For the past several years, he has also taught Constitutional Law during the summer semester at the University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2013, he taught an undergraduate seminar on the First Amendment at Emory & Henry College. In 2014, he taught an undergraduate seminar on National Security Law at King University.

As part of his commitment to community service, Professor Harris has established and taught an SAT test preparation program at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., a charitable institution for disadvantaged children.

In 2011, Professor Harris created a public radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional (YWC), which is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tenn., and syndicated nationally. YWC is underwritten by the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, the historic home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison. The show is on Facebook and Twitter, and podcasts are available on iTunes.

For more information on the Stewart Harris, J.D., lecture, or on King University’s Department of Social Work, contact Jodi Helbert at 423.652.4714 or jmhelbert@king.edu.

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