Professor Paul Finkelman recently delivered the 2012 John Jay Lecture, titled "Jay is for Justice: From Slaveholders to Abolitionists, the Jay Family and Racial Justice," at an event co-sponsored by Pace Law School and the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, N.Y. As speaker, he was also honored with a Jay Prize.
The John Jay Lecture honors the legacy of the first Chief Justice of the United States. In his extraordinary career of public service, Jay served in every branch of government and held more high offices than any other Founding Father.
Professor Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, recently completed a speaking tour of five Japanese universities, covering such topics as immigration, slavery and constitutional law, after being awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
The author of more than 25 books and more than 150 scholarly articles, Professor Finkelman was named the ninth most cited legal historian according to Brian Leieter's Law School Rankings. He is an expert in areas such as American legal history, race and the law, the law of slavery, constitutional law and legal issues surrounding baseball.
Professor Finkelman was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and his scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010). He was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.