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Paul Finkelman

March 15, 2011

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Paul FinkelmanIn recognition of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, on March 15 the School of Law hosted an Alumni Distinguished Lecture featuring Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at Albany Law School, Albany, NY.

Finkelman, a nationally renowned legal historian, addressed questions about the legality of the civil war including - was secession constitutional; did the South have the right to leave the union or were its actions treason; and what really caused the civil war, was it a fight about slavery or states' rights?

He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 20 books and an expert in areas such as the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He has published extensively and was recently named the ninth most cited legal historian according to "Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings”. Finkelman was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005). He was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.

The event was held in the law school auditorium for the lecture at 6:30 pm, with a reception following in the lobby.