Rhetorical Process and Legal Judgments Symposium

Rhetorical Process and Legal Judgments Symposium
The University of Alabama School of Law
Judge Seybourn H. Lynne Lecture Hall (A255)
Friday, September 18, 2015

Co-Sponsored by Alabama Law Review and CLE Alabama

(approved for 6.5 CLE hours, including 1 hour of ethics)

Welcome and Introduction
Dean Mark Brandon
The University of Alabama School of Law

Dr. Austin Sarat
Justice Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Faculty Scholar
The University of Alabama School of Law and Amherst College

Session I
From “Equality Before the Law” to “Separate But Equal”: Legal Rhetoric, Legal
History, and Roberts v. Boston (1849)
Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

Break

Session II
The Civilizing Hand of Law: Defending the Legal Process in the Civil Rights Era
Christopher W. Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law; American Bar Foundation

Session III
The Evolving Rhetoric of Gay Rights and Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy
Teresa Godwin Phelps, American University, Washington College of Law

Break

Session IV
Tales Told by Precedent: Divergent Stories of Executive Power
Bernadette Meyler, Stanford Law School

Break

Session V
Alternative Perspectives on Legal Rhetoric: Persuasion, Invitation, and Argument
Linda L. Berger, UNLV Boyd School of Law

Overview and Commentary
Adam Steinman, The University of Alabama School of Law

Reception