2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program


Watch the archived Webcast here.

The American Bar Association, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, conducted the 2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program on this year's Law Day theme:

The Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law

The program focused on the symbolic attributes of the Great Charter to examine what makes Magna Carta mythic. Exploring the mythic and iconic qualities of Magna Carta can help us better understand an eight-century long legal-political tradition, its endurance, and continuing significance for the twenty-first century. 


The Great Charter: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?
Thursday, April 30, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Flom Auditorium, 6th Floor
Washington, DC

ABA President William C. Hubbard presided at the event. The program is one of the ABA’s principal national events for this year’s 57th annual commemoration of Law Day.

John Milewski, director of digital programming for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, moderated the program. He currently serves as executive producer, host, and managing editor for a number of programs, including CONTEXT and Wilson Center NOW.


Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Associate Justice
Supreme Court of the United States

Stephen G. Breyer was nominated by President Clinton as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and he took his seat in August, 1994. From 1980–1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge from 1990–1994. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967–1994, a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977–1980, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia, and at the University of Rome. Justice Breyer has contributed to numerous articles to legal journals primarily on the subjects of administrative law and economic regulation. He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School.


Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science
Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His most recent book, published in April 2015 by Basic Books, is The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic. He has delivered endowed lectures at over 50 colleges and universities and has written widely on constitutional issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The New Republic, and Slate. Professor Amar received his BA from Yale College and his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal.

H. Robert Baker

Associate Professor of History
Georgia State University

H. Robert Baker is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. He teaches courses on American constitutional history, bills of rights in the European tradition, and the American West. Professor Baker is the author of Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution (2012) and The Rescue of Joshua Glover: A Fugitive Slave, the Constitution, and the Coming of the Civil War (2006). His scholarly articles have appeared in the Law and History Review, Common-Place, and the Journal of Supreme Court History. He received his PhD in History from UCLA, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Joyce Appleby.

Daniel Magraw

Professorial Lecturer
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Daniel Barstow Magraw is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute and a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Magraw was president and chief executive officer of the Center for International Environmental Law from 2002 to 2010. He chairs the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Task Force on Magna Carta, frequently serves as a consultant to the United Nations, and is on the Board of Directors of Lightbridge Corporation. Mr. Magraw has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of international law topics, and he has written books and articles on many international law subjects, including international environmental law, women’s human rights, sustainable development, accountability in international dispute settlement, and philosophy and environmental protection. Mr. Magraw received a BA in Economics from Harvard University and JD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a founder of the Berkeley Law Foundation.

Joyce Lee Malcolm

Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment
George Mason University School of Law

Joyce Lee Malcolm is Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the George Mason University School of Law. A constitutional historian, her areas of expertise include British constitutional and criminal law and U.S. constitutional law. She has written many books and articles on gun control, the Second Amendment, and individual rights. Her work was cited several times in the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller. Professor Malcom’s chapter “Magna Carta in America: Entrenched" appeared in Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215-2014, edited by Nicholas Vincent, which was published in 2014 by Third Millennium Publishing. She earned a BA from Barnard College and MA and PhD from Brandeis University.

Kenton Worcester

Professor of Political Science
Marymount Manhattan College

Kenton Worcester is Professor of Political Science at Marymount Manhattan College. A member of the MMC faculty since 1997, he teaches courses on democratic theory, international relations, green political theory, modern political theory, and Plato’s Republic. In 2010 Professor Worcester edited a print symposium on “The Meaning and Legacy of the Magna Carta” in the quarterly journal PS: Political Science and Politics. Professor Worcester is the author, editor, or coeditor of eight books on politics, economics, and social science. Professor Worcester currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Magna Carta Trust 800th Anniversary Committee and the Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Council. He studied economics and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and received his PhD in political science from Columbia University.  


The American Bar Association has conducted the Leon Jaworski Public Program series to commemorate Law Day since 2001. 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.