Albany Law School Professor Paul Finkelman presented a three-day lecture series at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, addressing "The Supreme Court and the Peculiar Institution: Marshall, Story, Taney, and the Defense of Slavery."
The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures-established by friends and colleagues of the distinguished historian and first occupant of the W. E. B. Du Bois Professorship at Harvard University-bring distinguished scholars from this country or from abroad to deliver a series of three lectures focusing on topics related to African American history. The series is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Press, which publishes a book based on each Huggins lecture series. The series was held March 17-19.
Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School. A nationally known expert in constitutional law, American legal history, and race and the law, he is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 20 books. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. His work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs. He is the ninth most cited legal historian, according to "Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings."