2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program Series

Slavery v. Liberty: The History and Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment @ 150

Since 2001, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education has conducted the Leon Jaworski public program series to commemorate Law Day. The Jaworski public programs have examined themes of law, politics, and culture and have operated on the premise that exploring fundamental legal identities and attributes help us better understand who we are as Americans and as global citizens.

This Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the history and relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment, in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of its ratification by the states and incorporation into the U.S. Constitution in December 1865. The Thirteenth was the first of the trio of Reconstruction Amendments, which, over time, have transformed our constitutional order. 


Slavery v. Liberty: The History and Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment @ 150

Wednesday, December 02, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Howard University School of Law
Moot Court Room
2900 Van Ness Street, NW
Washington, DC



Paulette Brown
President, American Bar Association


Danielle Holley-Walker
Dean, Howard University School of Law

Harry S. Johnson
Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education


Aderson B. François

Professor of Law
Howard University School of Law


Jamal Greene

Vice Dean and Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Edna Greene Medford

Chair and Professor of History
Howard University

James Gray Pope

Professor of Law and Sidney Reitman Scholar
Rutgers Law School

Rebecca Zietlow

Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values
University of Toledo College of Law