Perspectives on Lincoln: The Constitution and Civil War Exhibition Opening

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Professor David Forte
Professor Dennis Keating
Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss


Join C|M|LAW for the opening of the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” produced by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cleveland Marshall College of Law will display the exhibition from January 4 to February 17, 2012.

The opening night event features three expert presentations focusing on the exhibition's themes: the civil war as a constitutional crisis, secession, slavery, civil liberties, and Lincoln’s legacy.

"The Soldier and the Negro"

Constitutional law expert Professor David Forte will present a talk on how the Civil War experiences of two soldiers, Albion W. Tourgee, and John Marshall Harlan, affected their attitudes toward segregation in their post war legal careers and jurisprudence.  Professor Forte is a Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, and writes and speaks extensively on constitutional law and history, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs.  He is an active Civil War reenactor.

"Lincoln and Civil Liberty: Suspension of Habeas Corpus"

Levin College of Urban Studies Distinguished Professor Dennis Keating will examine Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in the interest of national security.  Dr. Keating holds a joint faculty appointment in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He is Director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development Program at Cleveland State University.  He teaches and writes in the areas of housing, neighborhood development, urban planning and land use law. He is a past President of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

"Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Role of Early Cherokee Newspapers in Promoting the Cherokee Practice of Black Slavery"

Professor  Lolita Buckner Inniss traces the history of African-ancestored slavery among the Cherokee and the way it was promoted in early Cherokee newspapers, especially in the period leading up to the war, and examines slavery practices under the Cherokee constitution versus the U.S. constitution.  Professor Inniss is a member of the law faculty at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law.  Professor Inniss’ current research areas include: critical legal rhetoric, gender and the law, and comparative racism. 

Learn more in the Research Guide prepared by the Law Library.

CLE Materials
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Professor Keating:

Professor Inniss:



CLE credit: 1.5 free hours

Category: CLE Programs, General, Public Lectures

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