Constitution Day: The Italian Influence on the American Constitution

September 15, 2017
Allegheny County Bar Association

The Allegheny County Bar Association celebrated Constitution Day by presenting a two-credit CLE and reception at the Joseph F. Weis Jr. Federal Courthouse. The program, dedicated to the memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, focused on Italian influence on the American Constitution.

The two-hour program featured two discussions. The first hour focused on the influence that Cesare Beccaria, an Italian criminologist, jurist and politician, had on the shaping of the Constitution. The second hour centered on a discussion of Filippo Mazzei, an associate of Thomas Jefferson who served as an agent to purchase arms for Virginia during the Revolutionary War.

The panel included esteemed judges, law professors, representatives from the Italian Embassy and the National Italian American Bar Association. It was sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Pittsburgh.   

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The Italian Influence on the American Constitution

A Compendium of Materials Regarding the Influence of Cesare Beccaria, Gaetano Filangieri and Filippo Mazzei In Italian and American Law, by Claudio Pezzi, Francesca Carraro, Giulia Serra, Elena Spolidoro and Charles A. De Monaco.

Download the complete version with all supporting materials in three parts.

Part I
Part II
Part III