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Hon. Timothy K. Lewis Presides Over Peter Jennings Project 2012 Moot Court

On March 20, 2012 by Schnader

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, co-chair of the Firm’s Appellate and Alternative Dispute Resolutions Practice Groups, presided over the Peter Jennings Project 2012 Moot Court,  which focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on March 20, 2012 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The annual moot court program heard oral arguments in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida. Former Acting Solicitor General in the Obama Administration, Neal Katyal, represented the federal government; Charles Rothfeld, an attorney and veteran of the Reagan White House, opposed Mr. Katyal; and Judge Lewis, a former Third Circuit judge, presided over the court alongside a panel of present and former federal judges. The Jennings Project presented a compelling review of this landmark case as the issue of health care moves to the forefront of the national debate and 2012 presidential election.

To view a video of the event, please click here.

Together with the National Constitution Center, the Peter Jennings Project hosts an annual event that brings together journalists, scholars, political leaders and students to examine and understand constitutional issues more deeply. The program, initially funded by the Annenberg Foundation, seeks to illustrate that constitutional matters are not limited to the domain of the court system, academic exchange, or high school civics classes, but rather reach into the fabric of daily life and therefore affect much of what journalists write, broadcast, edit, and produce. The Project is named for Peter Jennings, the late, long-time anchor and editor of ABC News “World News Tonight,” who was a friend of the National Constitution Center and a great admirer of the United States Constitution as a living document. In the last years of his life, he sought to produce stories for his viewers that would communicate the critical role the Constitution plays in the issues and concerns that affect all Americans.