Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The Indiana Supreme Court held a free CLE event, Celebrating Black History: the Life and Times of Dred Scott on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm on the campus of Martin University in Indianapolis.
This is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. It has been assigned course number 149775 for 1.5 hours. Registration will be completed at the door.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, the author of "Am I Not A Man? The Dred Scott Story," will speak about the book, a historical novel which tells the remarkable story of Dred Scott, events leading up to the Supreme Court ruling decided March 6, 1857, the election of President Lincoln, and ultimately, the abolition of slavery. The book was first released to commemorate February's "Black History Month" designation.
General Shurtleff will discuss the Constitutional analysis and legal underpinnings of this landmark ruling and the implication of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney's 7-2 decision in which every Justice besides Taney wrote a separate concurrence or dissent. This decision greatly impacted the national political landscape and helped Abe Lincoln win his Presidential race. General Shurtleff will also provide perspective on the legal reasoning regarding the Fourteenth Amendment in the context of the Dred Scott ruling; and the current legal arguments in the context of comprehensive immigration reform as to whether the Fourteenth Amendment should be altered.
Lynne M. Jackson, great-great-granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott, will offer her personal perspective on her family and the ruling. She is President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will introduce the speakers and moderate the discussion portion of the program.