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UH Law Center expands Briefcase program with video series


Dean Leonard M. Baynes

Dean Leonard M. Baynes

Jan. 18, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center’s new video series focuses on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. This series complements the Briefcase radio program on KUHF, launched in 2016.

UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes hosts both series; during this season, he will explore how the amendments relate to society today.

“Recently, the Supreme Court has reversed decades-old precedent affecting significant constitutional rights and has modified the interpretation and analysis of other long-existing constitutional and statutory frameworks. As such, it is more important than ever that the members of the public understand the guarantees afforded in the U.S. Constitution,” Baynes said.

In 1791, the Bill of Rights became law. For more than 200 years, the Bill of Rights has protected individual freedoms and rights. While the language of the amendments remains the same, interpretations by the modern U.S. judicial system are changing.

This season’s Briefcase series starts with the broad and complex First Amendment, which covers freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceful assembly and the right of a citizen to petition the government.

“UH Law Center debuts these short videos to give members of the public easy access to understanding the U.S. Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. We need this basic understanding more now than ever,” Baynes added.

Watch the video series on the Law Center’s YouTube channel.

Listen to Briefcase Radio on KUHF News 88.7 on Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m.

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