Author and Legal Scholar Paul Finkelman to Speak at LSU Law on Emancipation Proclamation, Thursday, February 21

13_LSU_law_emancipation_posterOn Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the LSU Law Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will present The Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years Later: A Conversation with Paul Finkelman.  This event will take place in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center.  Registration is required; however, this event is free and open to the public.  If you wish to attend, please email

Paul Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. He is the author, co-author, and editor of more than 30 books and over 200 scholarly articles on the topics of the legal history of slavery, segregation and race relations, the development of freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the origins of the Second Amendment, and on baseball and law.  Professor Finkelman was an expert witness in the lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Alabama Ten Commandments Monument and was also an expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd Home Run Ball.

He received his B.A. in American Studies from Syracuse University (1971) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. History from Chicago (1972, 1976). In 1982-83 he was a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard Law School (1982-83).