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R.I. Justice to Speak at PC

​R.I. Justice to Discuss "Constitution in the Aftermath of 9/11"

Providence, R.I.-- Jeffrey A. Lanphear ’78, an associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, will deliver a lecture at Providence College in honor of Constitution Day on Thursday, September 22.

The lecture, “Interpretation of the Constitution in the Aftermath of 9/11,” will be held in Moore Hall I at 7:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the College’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. It is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is celebrated annually on September 17--the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the document in 1787. Since this year’s date falls on a Saturday, schools are allowed to sponsor programs in the weeks before and after the actual date.

Distinguished legal service record

Lanphear was appointed to the superior court by former Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri ’10Hon. in 2003. Since his appointment, he has presided over dozens of jury trials for issues ranging from felony and medical malpractice charges to real estate and product liability matters.

Prior to serving on the court, Lanphear was a principal at a general practice law firm that concentrated in civil litigation. He tried jury and non-jury trials and argued appeals and other proceedings before many courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the R.I. Supreme Court.

From 1981 to 2003, Lanphear served as legal counsel to the Rhode Island Senate minority leader. In this position, he drafted state statutes; reviewed all legislation considered by the Senate; and advised senators on constituent issues, constitutional questions, and state law. 

Lanphear is a member of the Rhode Island Trial Judges Association and the Rhode Island Judicial Tenure and Discipline Committee. From 1985 to 2002, he assisted the clients of disbarred attorneys as special master in the state Supreme Court.

Lanphear, who majored in political science and minored in public administration at PC, earned his juris doctorate from the New England School of Law in 1981. He and his wife, Kathleen Maccarone Lanphear ’79, have two children.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan K. McCarthy, professor of political science, at 401-865-2434 or at


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