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Lecture Series

On May 9, 2007, the Bar Library held the inaugural lecture in its series of lectures and symposia on law-related topics. Below is a list of those speakers who have participated in the series.

March 26, 2024
David M. Rubenstein, Esquire
“An Evening With David Rubenstein”
See the Introduction of Mr. Rubenstein by Board President George W. Liebmann on this Page at Information - Presentations

October 31, 2023
Dr. Lawrence Peskin
“From Baltimore to the Mediterranean: Skirting the Law in the Age Of Sail” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

July 12, 2023
Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Nina Zagat
“A Conversation With Tim & Nina Zagat” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

June 15, 2023
William J. Murphy, Esquire
“A Year at the Top: The Supreme Court Clerkship of William J. Murphy” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

April 11, 2023
Professor Dennis Halpin
“A Brotherhood of Liberty” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

March 9, 2023
Mr. Roberto Zalles
“A Look at Peru: From the Viewpoint of a Prominent Citizen” – A Zoom Presentation

February 28, 2023
Professor Richard Bell
“Stolen” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

December 6, 2022
Ivan J. Bates, Esquire
Newly Elected State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Discusses His Plans & Goals

November 14, 2022
Professor Brad Snyder
“Democratic Justice: Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court, and the Making of the Liberal Establishment” – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

October 26, 2022
John Bainbridge, Jr., Esquire
Gun Barons

September 7, 2022
Marshal Johnny L. Hughes
The United States Marshals Service Through the Eyes of a U.S. Marshal – An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

June 22, 2022
Mr. Donald Devine
"Managing Bureaucracy And the End Of An Era" - An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

March 24, 2022
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"In A House Built By Slaves: African American Encounters with Abraham Lincoln" - A Zoom Presentation

March 2, 2022
Professor Antony Lentin
"The life of Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933) "St. George In A Wig" or "A Public Nuisance Of The First Magnitude"?" - A Zoom Presentation

February 8, 2022
Stan Haynes, Esquire
"The Divisive Politics Of The 1840s: Worse Than Now?" - An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

December 1, 2021
Professor Kenneth Lasson
"The Value Of Legal Scholarship" - An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

July 21, 2021
Professor Jose Anderson
"Thurgood Marshall, Charles H. Houston and the Maryland Professional School Legal Battle That Changed The Nation" - An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

May 27, 2021
Honorable Rod J. Rosenstein
"The History of the United States Attorneys and the Department of Justice" - An In-Person & Zoom Presentation

April 21, 2021
Mr. Charles Duff
"The North Atlantic Cities" - A Zoom Presentation

March 23, 2021
Dr. Ernest H. Latham, Jr.
"Targeted As A Spy: Surveillance of an American Diplomat in Communist Romania" - A Zoom Presentation

March 9, 2021
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski
Education In A Pandemic: "Leading the Empowered University in a Time of Crisis" - A Zoom Presentation

February 3, 2021
Gregg L. Bernstein, Esquire
"The Link Between Reentry and Recidivism: How Investment in the Former Can Reduce the Latter" - A Zoom Presentation

January 13, 2021
Honorable Richard D. Bennett
"The Electoral College: Its Historic Foundations and Considerations for the Future" - A Zoom Presentation

Novemberber 19, 2020
Professor Christopher R. Riano
"Marriage Equality: From Outlaws To In-Laws" - A Zoom Presentation

October 22, 2020
Professor Robert Colby
"The Domestic Slave Trade During The American Civil War"
A Zoom Presentation

October 14, 2020
Mr. Paul Dickson
"The Rise Of The G.I. Army 1940-1941" - A Zoom Presentation

July 30, 2020
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"The Emancipation Proclamation" - A Zoom Presentation

June 25, 2020
Steven M. Klepper, Esquire
"The Personal Divide Between Jefferson & Marshall" - A Zoom Presentation

May 21, 2020
John J. Connolly, Esquire
"Maryland Federal Courts During The Civil War Era" - A Zoom Presentation

April 30, 2020
Dean Ronald Weich
"Reflections On Impeachment" - A Zoom Presentation

March 10, 2020
John Clark Mayden, Esquire
"Baltimore Lives"

November 12, 2019
Ms. Margaret Edds
"We Face The Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, And The Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow"

October 17, 2019
Professor Neil M. Maher
"The Civilian Conservation Corps"

September 26, 2019
Mr. John Reeves
"The Lost Indictment Of Robert E. Lee"

May 20, 2019
Thomas Geoghegan, Esquire
"The Labor Union In 2019"

March 13, 2019
Professor Martha S. Jones
"Birthright Citizens: A History Of Race And Rights In Antebellum America"

February 6, 2019
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War"

November 15, 2018
Mr. Antero Pietila
"The Ghosts Of Johns Hopkins"

October 30, 2018
Honorable Jeffrey Stuart Sutton
"51 Imperfect Solutions"

September 27, 2018
Professor Shawn Francis Peters
"The Catonsville Nine"

May 21, 2018
David Margolick, Esquire
"The Promise And The Dream: The Untold Story Of Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy"

May 9, 2018
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Mencken & Religion"

April 10, 2018
Professor Randall L. Kennedy
"Bell V. Maryland & The Sit-In Movement"

March 6, 2018
Professor Dennis Halpin
"The Brotherhood Of Liberty"

November 29, 2017
Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse
"The World Anna Murray & Frederick Bailey Left Behind"

November 8, 2017
John J. Connolly, Esquire - George W. Liebmann, Esquire - Honorable James F. Schneider - Joseph W. Bennett, Esquire
"The Maryland Constitution At 150: Commemoration & Discussion"

September 19, 2017
George W. Liebmann, Esquire
"The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait Of Five Legal Scholars"

April 25, 2017
Professor John D. Bessler
"The Death Penalty As Torture"

March 23, 2017
Jonathan Lenzner, Esquire
"The Investigator"

February 7, 2017
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
"Holding Fast To Dreams"

December 1, 2016
Dr. Robert Hieronimus & Ms. Laura E. Cortner
"The Secret Life Of Lady Liberty: Goddess In The New World"

November 9, 2016
Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
"An Evening With Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr."

October 27, 2016
Professor William Reynolds
"Originalism: Or, Should The Ghost Of Justice Scalia Be Exorcised?"

October 4, 2016
Anton J. S. Keating, Esquire
"I'm Not Really Guilty"

September 12, 2016
Professor Jeffrey Rosen
"Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet"

June 7, 2016
Professor Clare Huntington - Honorable Yvette M. Bryant - Julie Ellen Landau, Esquire
"Family Law & Practice Appreciation Night"

April 6, 2016
Mr. Gil Sandler
"Mr. Gil Sandler On Harry B. Wolf & The Murder Of William B. Norris"

March 10, 2016
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Henry Louis Mencken & George Samuel Schuyler"

February 11, 2016
Professor Garrett Power
"Atticus Finch, Jim Crow & Baltimore's Best"

December 3, 2015
Professor James O'Hara
"Justice Samuel Chase"

November 12, 2015
Dr. Paul R. McHugh
"Recovered Memory And Issues Of Truth And Justice"

October 1, 2015
Honorable Reggie B. Walton
"An Evening With the Honorable Reggie B. Walton"

June 23, 2015
Professor Robert P. George
"Conscience And Its Enemies"

June 2, 2015
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"Lincoln on Law, Leadership, and Life"

April 15, 2015
Stephen B. Mercer, Esquire
"D.N.A. Profiles & Databases"

December 9, 2014
Honorable Diane P. Wood
"What Has Happened to Habeas Corpus?"

November 18, 2014
Professor James O'Hara
"Justice John Archibald Campbell"

November 6, 2014
Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera
An Address On The Judicial Branch Of The State Of Maryland

November 6, 2014
E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr., Esquire
"A Portrait Of John L. Brady"

November 6, 2014
John J. Connolly, Esquire
Portraits Of Honorable George William Brown – Arthur W. Machen, Sr., Equire - Jeannette Rosner Wolman, Esquire – Charles H. Dorsey, Jr., Esquire

October 29, 2014
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Mencken & The American Presidency"

September 23, 2014
Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher
An Evening With "KAL"

July 17, 2014
Professor Byron L. Warnken
"Maryland Criminal Procedure"

March 12, 2014
E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr., Esquire - John Martin Jones, Jr., Esquire - Lindesy Duvall, Esquire - Honorable Joseph H. H. Kaplan - Honorable Gregg Bernstein, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City - Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
"Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration of Brady V. Maryland"

February 25, 2014
Honorable Shirley Watts
Black Legal History Month Lecture

February 18, 2014
Honorable George Russell, Jr. - Honorable George Russell, III - Honorable William Murphy - Hassan Murphy, Esquire
Black Legal History Month Lecture

February 11, 2014
A. Dwight Pettit, Esquire
"Under Color Of Law: The Story Of An American Family"

December 19, 2013
Professor Constance Jordan
"The Correspondence Of Learned Hand"

November 12, 2013
Professor James O'Hara
"Chief Justice Taney: A Closer Look"

October 30, 2013
Randall Tietjen, Esquire
"Clarence Darrow's Letters"

October 17, 2013
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"Lincoln's Dreams"

May 9, 2013
Honorable Gregg L. Bernstein, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City – Honorable Paul B. DeWolfe, Public Defender for Maryland – Honorable Elizabeth L. Julian, District Public Defender for Baltimore City; Honorable Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland
“Criminal Law & Practice Appreciation Night”

April 30, 2013
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Mencken & The Red Scare"

February 28, 2013
Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia
History Of Women Lawyers In Maryland

February 26, 2013
Professor Larry Gibson
"Young Thurgood Marshall: The Making of a Supreme Justice"

February 19, 2013
Honorable Robert M. Bell
Baltimore Riots & The Law

February 12, 2013
Mr. Antero Pietila
"Not In My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City"

February 5, 2013
Honorable Clifton Gordy
"From Plows to Pleadings: A Life Story"

October 16, 2012
Honorable Andre M. Davis
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines

September 20, 2012
Mr. Chilton Williamson, Jr. - Matthew T. Vocci, Esquire - Mr. Chris Ross
"Immigration as a Political Issue: A Discussion"

September 13, 2012
Prof. Paul DeWitt Carrington - Prof. Phillip Closius - Dean Phoebe Haddon - Dean Ronald Weich
"Law Schools: Their Role and their Costs"

May 10, 2012
Dr. Jonathan W. White
"The Peculiarly Insignificant Role of the Supreme Court in the Civil War"

April 17, 2012
Stan M. Haynes, Esquire
"Presidential Conventions In Baltimore"

April 3, 2012
Mr. Taylor Branch & Chancellor William E. Kirwan
"The Shame of College Sports"

March 27, 2012
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Mencken & Lynchings"

March 8, 2012
Prof. Richard Briffault
"A Government For Our Time? Business Improvement Districts And Urban Governance"

February 23, 2012
Dean F. Michael Higginbotham – Professor Martha S. Jones – Professor Ira Berlin
“The Impact Of Race Laws On The Migration Of African Americans From Southern States To Baltimore During The Early 1900’s”

September 7, 2011
Prof. William A. Fischel - John J. Delaney, Esquire - Prof. Robert Nelson
"The Law of Zoning: Issues & Developments"

June 1, 2011
Dr. Jonathan White - Dr. Edward Papenfuse - George W. Liebmann, Esquire
"Sesquicentennial Commemoration of Ex Parte Merryman"

March 10, 2011
Robert C. Embry, Jr., Esquire
Commentary on "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" and the Current Educational Environment and Conditions.

March 9, 2011
H. Furlong Baldwin
"Remember Banks, Those Stable And Secure Bastions Of Our Financial World - What The Hell Happened?"

February 8, 2011
Ms. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"Mencken, Ritchie & Prohibition"

December 1, 2010
Fred Kelly Grant, Esq. - Hon. Charles E. Moylan, Jr. - Howard L. Cardin, Esq. - Hon. Peter D. Ward
"The Baltimore City States Attorney's Office Responds To Crisis: Recollections Of The Baltimore Riots Of 1968"

October 14, 2010
John J. Connolly, Esquire
"The Guantanamo Lawyers"

June 8, 2010
Prof. Bradley J. Birzer
"American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll"

April 20, 2010
Melvin Urofsky
"Louis D. Brandeis: A Life"

April 8, 2010
Mr. Antero Pietila
"Not In My Neighborhood"

March 2, 2010
John Connolly, Esquire
"The Guantanamo Lawyers"

February 24, 2010
Bill Kauffman
"Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin"

December 1, 2009
Melvin J. Sykes, Esq. - Allan J. Gibber, Esq. - Rabbi Avrum Kowalsky
"Jewish Family Law and Its Contemporary Relevance"

September 10, 2009
Martin Mayer, Esq., nationally known economist and author
"The Financial Crisis and Needed Reforms"

January 21, 2009
Jacob A. Stein, Esq., noted author and litigator
"Perjury, False Statements & Obstruction of Justice"

December 2, 2008
Bennett Boskey, Esq., former law clerk to Judge Learned Hand, Justice Stanley Reed and Chief Justice Harlan Stone
"The Learned Hand & Harlan Stone Courts"

October 14, 2008
C. Fraser Smith, author of "Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights In Maryland" - Mr. Keiffer Jackson Mitchell - C. Christopher Brown, Esq.
"Civil Rights In Maryland"

September 16, 2008
Robert S. Bennett, Esq., former counsel to President William Jefferson Clinton
"Defense of Criminal Cases Under the Current Rules & Sentencing Guidelines"

May 22, 2008
Honorable Richard W. Neely, former Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
"The Effect of the Act of Measuring on Things Measured in Child Custody Litigation"

March 20, 2008
Honorable Kenneth W. Gideon, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury - Lee Sheppard, Esq., Tax Analysts contributing editor
'Developments in the Federal Tax Law"

November 29, 2007
Honorable George Nilson, Baltimore City Solicitor - John C. Murphy, Esq. - Andrew Bailey, Esq. - Steven Anderson, Esq., Institute for Justice
"The Law of Eminent Domain"

September 26, 2007
Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg, George Washington University Law School - Judge Charles E. Moylan, Jr., Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
"Sentencing Guidelines & Recent Developments in the Criminal Law"

May 9, 2007
Honorable William Donald Schaefer, former governor of the State of Maryland
"Reflections on His Early Years in the Practice of Law"