The Supreme Court's Worst Decision
Paul Finkelman, recognized as the county’s leading legal historian, will present a public lecture about the decision that legalized slavery. “Was Dred Scott Correctly Decided? Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Worst Decision” will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9 in the second floor gallery of the law school.
Professor Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School. He is in expert in American legal history, race and the law, slavery, baseball law and constitutional law. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has published extensively and was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case. He was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball. His work on religion and legal history is cited in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Finkelman's lecture is part of the law school’s Powerful Ideas, Influential Voices Speaker Series.