Lincoln Memorial University

R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture to Feature Chattanooga's Sam Elliott, Esq.


Harrogate, Tennessee, October 24, 2017—Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture presented by the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and the LMU Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) will feature Sam Elliott, Esq., a noted litigator and author from Chattanooga. The program will deliver three hours of dual credit CLE credit and take place from 9:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, in the LMU Law Courtroom (601 W. Summit Hill Drive).

Elliott will present a lecture entitled, “‘You cannot get back … without some irregularity’: the 1865 Constitutional Amendments and the Return of Civil Government in Tennessee.” The presentation will explore the fragility of constitutional civil government and the ultimate need for the law to be supported by the government’s monopoly of force.

Elliott is a member of the Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott and Cannon, PLLC. He is past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association. He has tried jury cases involving products liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and eminent domain. Elliot represents the municipal governments of Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, Lakesite and Walden and therefore is experienced in such diverse matters as government land use regulation and civil rights litigation. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law. Elliot has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer every year since 2006. He has authored and edited several books and articles on Tennessee in the Civil War era, including the award-winning biography of Isham G. Harris and a new biography of Governor John C. Brown.

In addition to Elliott, the event will feature Dr. Charles Hubbard, LMU professor of history and Lincoln historian and Stewart Harris, LMU Law visiting professor of law. Hubbard will speak about Lincoln the ethical lawyer and politician. Hubbard is the director of the Lincoln Institute of Leadership and Public Policy. He previously served a 12-year term as director of LMU’s Abraham Lincoln and Museum. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Burden of Confederate Diplomacy, Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency, and Lincoln and His Contemporaries.

Harris’ talk is entitled, “Secession, Treason, and the Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation to Defend the Constitution and the Rule of Law.” Harris is a veteran legal educator and nationally syndicated radio host who teaches constitutional law. His radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional, is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee, YWC is underwritten by the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier. 

The lecture will be simulcast to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Three hours of dual CLE credit is available for attorneys for $30. Registration includes CLE credit, coffee, refreshments and a boxed lunch. For more information or to register, contact April Hurley at 865.545.5339 or by email at [email protected].

LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy encourages original research in the emerging field of leadership theory and practice. The Institute seeks to identify opportunities for scholars, teachers and those engaged in public service to develop and practice responsible and ethical leadership. The staff and personnel associated with the Institute strive to create a positive research environment that will stimulate and enrich a variety of research undertakings.

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].




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