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Professor Paul Finkelman spends a good portion of his time on the road appearing as a keynote speaker, panelist or guest lecturer. His publications typically result in more speaking invitations and garner various awards. Below is a list of some of his recent activity and recognition.
Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present , edited by Professor Finkelman, was named one of 2010's 11 Outstanding Reference Sources by the Reference and User Services Association in the organization's annual listEncyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law, co-edited by Professor Finkelman, was chosen by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine for its list of 2009 Outstanding Academic Titles.
He will present " Guilty Until Pardoned: The Griffin Brothers and South Carolina's First Posthumous Capital Murder Pardon" at Davidson College in North Carolina on Feb. 16.
At The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, in Washington state, he recently presented " Religion & the Law: The Ten Commandments and Separation of Church & State."
At Washington State University, he delivered the presentation " Slavery and the Constitution: The Dred Scott Decision."
He recently presented "Lincoln and Emancipation" to The Civil War Round Table of Chicago.
He presented " Affirmative Action for the Master Class: The Legacy of Our Pro-Slavery Constitution" as part of the Martin Luther King Lecture Series at Siena College last month.
Professor 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. Professor Finkelman's work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs, and he is the ninth most cited legal historian, according to "Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings."