Faulkner Law Review Holds Symposium on Rights at the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement

Prominent scholars of law and jurisprudence last week visited Montgomery for the third annual Law Review Symposium hosted by Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, entitled From Magna Carta to the Montgomery March: The Career of Rights in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition.


The Symposium, which anticipated the commemoration in 2015 of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, examined the question of what it means to possess a right that does not owe its existence entirely to law. It traced the history and development of the idea of rights from Magna Carta, through the common law, the American founding, and the movement for civil and voting rights.


Dr. Bradley Miller, Professor of Law at Western University in Ontario, Canada, delivered the keynote address for the Symposium at a private reception held at the Civil Rights Memorial Center, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Miller addressed an audience of local attorneys, judges, clerks, law students, and legal scholars regarding the role of legislation in protecting civil rights. The event was co-sponsored by the Montgomery Federalist Society and hosted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


The Symposium continued the next day with a public conference. Winston Nagan, Professor of Law at University of Florida, and James R. Stoner, Jr., Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, delivered plenary addresses concerning the nature and foundations of rights in the Anglo-American tradition. Panel speakers included Dwight Duncan of the University of Massachusetts, David VanDrunen of Westminster Seminary California, and Faulkner Law professors Michael J. DeBoer and Adam J. MacLeod, along with lawyers, activists, and other experts in the area of civil rights.


The print issue from the Symposium will be distributed to lawyers, scholars, and others interested in civil rights around the world in early 2015. To reserve a copy, contact the Faulkner Law Review at FaulknerLawReviewSymposium@gmail.com.


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