April 23, 2015

Law Day event features Justice Breyer and other scholars on Magna Carta

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 — The American Bar Association Division for Public Education will celebrate Law Day in the nation’s capital on April 30 with the Leon Jaworski Public Program that will feature remarks by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

What:             
Law Day 2015 (The Great Charter:
What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?)
The Leon Jaworski Public Program Series

When:             
Thursday, April 30

Where:            
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center|
Flom Auditorium, 6th Floor
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Breyer, who joined the high court in August 1994, will speak at 5:10 p.m. He previously served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its chief judge. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Magdalen College, Oxford and Harvard Law School.

Panelists will discuss “The Great Charter: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?” Questions the panel will examine include, What makes Magna Carta Mythic? How has it been interpreted over time? What has made Magna Carta “mythic”—a powerful icon, historically resonant symbol, rich metaphor, and an object of compelling stories?

John Milewski, director of digital programming at the Woodrow Wilson Center will moderate the program and ABA President William C. Hubbard will preside. The panelists are: Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University; H. Robert Baker, associate professor of History at Georgia State University; Daniel Magraw, professorial lecturer at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Joyce Lee Malcom, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law.

There is no charge for media covering this event but pre-registration is necessary. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or betsy.adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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