Cameron University will join colleges and universities across the nation to celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 17, with “Your Federal Courts: I-Civics, E-Searches and the role of United States Magistrate Judges,” a presentation by Judge Shon T. Erwin, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Erwin will discuss the role of U.S. Magistrate Judges in the federal courts with emphasis on magistrate judge jurisdiction and duties. He will put particular emphasis on preliminary criminal matters such as preliminary hearings, bail hearings, search warrants, and orders for electronically stored information. Constitution Day is a national observance which recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and the creation of United States citizens in 1787. The event takes place in the CETES Conference Center at 2 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served.
Erwin has held the position of federal magistrate judge since 1995. His current term will expire in 2019. Erwin is a cum laude graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Arts in both English and History. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Erwin is a member of and has held senior positions in numerous organizations, including the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, Oklahoma Bar Association, Comanche County Bar Association, Magistrate Judges Advisory Group and Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
As a federal magistrate judge, Erwin assists district court judges in the Western District of Oklahoma in the performance of their duties. Magistrate judges generally oversee first appearances of criminal defendants, set bail and conduct other administrative duties.
Cameron’s observance of Constitution Day is sponsored by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Department of Social Sciences and the Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Previous Constitution Day speakers include attorney Russell S. Post; attorney Stephen Jones; Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif; Brady R. Henderson, Legal Director of ACLU Oklahoma; Jim White, former president of the Oklahoma Rifle Association; and Muneer Award, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations.
September 12, 2018