Lewis Lehrman, the co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of History and author of Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point, delivered the 2009 Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Lehrman's remarks, "Abraham Lincoln and the Declaration of Independence: From Peoria to the Presidency," marked the beginning of the two-day symposium called Lincoln's Legacy. Lehrman, also known as the 1982 Republican candidate for New York State governor against Mario Cuomo, received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Lincoln Forum, and he has written and lectured extensively on American history and economics. The Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 by his brother Henry Sobota '77, the Sobota Family and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. This memorial allows Albany Law School to continue a distinguished lecture series which brings scholars, judges and other prominent practitioners to the Law School to address students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Lincoln's Legacy, a two-day event, includes examinations of President Lincoln's use of executive power in a historical context. Historic and legal experts also presented papers analyzing modern trends in the use and abuse of executive power. Contemporary topics include Obama's Election and the Emancipation Proclamation, Obama & Immigration and The Powers of the President in an Age of Terror.
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