Lincoln Memorial University

Annual McMurtry lecture to feature expert on Lincoln

Harrogate, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture will feature Dr. Daniel A. Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley. The program, presented by the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and LMU’s Duncan School of Law, is slated for noon on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the LMU Law Courtroom at 601 W. Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville. It is free and open to the public.

Farber will present a lecture entitled, “Lincoln and the Transformation of American Constitutional Law.” The presentation will explore the notion that Lincoln offered a vision of American identity at Gettysburg that united nationhood, democracy and human rights. That vision was both a reinterpretation of the past and a prelude to the future. Much of the development of constitutional law since then can be seen as an effort to work out the implications of Lincoln’s vision of America.

Farber is the author of Lincoln’s Constitution, a book that probes critical constitutional issues faced by Lincoln. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the American Law Institute. After serving as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Farber practiced law in Washington, D.C., and taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota. He is the author of more than 175 law review articles and 18 books. Much of his scholarly activity has been devoted to constitutional issues, including the books Judgement Calls: Politics and Principle in Constitutional Law, and Retained by the People: The ‘Silent’ Ninth Amendment and the Constitutional Rights Americans Don’t Know They Have.

The lecture will be simulcast to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tenn. One hour of general CLE credit is available for attorneys. A $10 box lunch will be available. Please email to reserve a space and register for CLE credit.

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.



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