Legal Lessons from the Civil War
Earn Up to 4.0 credits!
Fri., May 25, 2018
(A Non-Motion Friday)
9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin
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Hon. Travis Francis, AJSC (Ret.);
Hon. John Jorgensen, JSC; William Pat Schuber, Esq.
The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865, and is a defining moment in our nation's
existence. The United States post-war was a much different nation than it was
when Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as President on March 4, 1861.
Indeed, the Civil War has often been referred to as the Second American Revolution, as significant changes politically, militarily, and socially came together to forge a new America. At the heart of that revolution was the watershed transformation driven by a myriad of legal issues. Legal Lessons of the Civil War is an exciting new seminar designed to explore those important legal problems as well as their solutions.
As an attendee, you'll learn how some of those legal issues have relevance in today's modern world. Cases such as ex parte Merryman (dealing with the important writ of habeas corpus) and ex parte Milligan (providing a framework for trial by military commissions) continue to have ramifications. Similarly, the promulgation of the first "Laws of War" and General Thomas Ewing's General Order #11, which called for forced evacuations of citizens in western Missouri, have had a lasting impact on our country's jurisprudence. Equally as important is the Dred Scott case, and how that set in motion the ultimate firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.
The seminar will also provide an analysis of the war's battles and leaders, as there are many parallels between the battle field and the court room.
Finally, the Civil War ushered in three amendments to our Constitution, and they truly transformed the nation. Attendees will hear about the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery), the 14th Amendment (equal protection of the laws), and 15th Amendment (right to vote) from a Constitutional scholar, and learn of the lasting impact those amendments have made in American society.