Happy Birthday 14th Amendment!

July 28th, 2010

Without the 14th Amendment, try to imagine how many unemployed law professors there would be!

From LOC:

On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying without reservation that the Fourteenth Amendment was a part of the United States Constitution. The required number of states had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment a few weeks earlier on July 9, 1868.

A special birthday shout-out to the Privileges or Immunities Clause, which made an awesome cameo in Justice Thomas’ concurring opinion in McDonald v. Chicago.

H/T Alison Hayward on Facebook.