Constitutional Litigator, Sheldon Gilbert, Esq., to visit ESU as Keynote Speaker for Constitution Day Activities

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The American Democracy Project at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is sponsoring its annual Constitution Day event on campus with featured keynote speaker Sheldon Gilbert, Esq., a longtime constitutional litigator, on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. in Beers Lecture Hall on ESU’s front circle of campus. The presentation is open to the public at no cost.

Gilbert has represented clients in nearly a hundred cases at the U.S. Supreme Court and has extensive experience in constitutional law and administrative law. He has been involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases of the last decade in these areas, such as National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, and Utility Air Regulatory Group, et. al. v. Environmental Protection Agency.

Previously, Gilbert was the director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), where he educated the public about the role of the courts and the Constitution, and was also vice president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

As a litigator with the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, he represented the U.S. Chamber in over 400 cases in federal and state courts addressing a wide range of legal issues, from free speech to property rights. He has also taught as a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A native of the Mountain West states of Idaho and Brazil, he also lived two years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he co-founded the national Religious Freedom Moot Court, and received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Utah.

Gilbert lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and four children. In his free time, he is an avid reader, artist, genealogical researcher, and pro bono litigator for military veterans, widows, and others.

According to the National Archives (, Constitution Day was established to “commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.” Adam McGlynn, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Christopher Brooks, Dr. phil., professor of history; and Michelle Donlin, assistant professor, library; are co-directors for this year’s American Democracy Project Constitution Day event. For more information contact Dr. McGlynn at 570-422-3271 or; Dr. Brooks at 570-422-3913 or; or Professor Donlin at 570-422-3150 or