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Professor Paul Finkelman authored the piece " States' Rights, but to What?" for the New York Times online on Dec. 20, 2010.
The piece, which coincided with the 150th anniversary of South Carolina's declaration of independence from the United States, has resulted in 80 online comments from New York Times readers.
Professor Finkelman also recently contributed a book chapter titled "The Civil War, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment: Understanding Who Freed the Slaves" to the book Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment, edited by Alexander Tsesis and published by Columbia University Press in 2010.
Professor Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 20 books. He was named the ninth most cited legal historian by "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.