Next year marks the 150th Anniversary of the enactment of the 14th Amendment, which the Supreme Court of the United States has interpreted to develop protections for many formerly unrepresented and unprotected persons in the nation. Developments in civil rights, equal protection, citizenship, and other areas of constitutional law arose out of its enactment and our nation is continually changed as a result.

In this Symposium, the LSU Law Center through the Louisiana Law Review, the Pugh Institute for Justice, and legal historians and scholars from across the country will gather to discuss and analyze these important, complex, controversial, and evolving legal issues. The Symposium features renowned scholars and judges, including Professor Paul Finkelman, Professor Bertrall Ross, Professor Mark Summers, Professor D. Wendy Brown Scott, Professor Earl Maltz, Professor Orville Vernon Burton, Professor Seth Davis, Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Professor Michael Higginbotham, Judge Bernice Donald, and others, such as noted author Keith Weldon Medley and journalist Alysa Landry. Professors and scholars from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center will moderate panels of these scholars and writers and assist us in addressing these issues.

Please join us as we explore the history of the 14th Amendment, particularly that history connected to cases and issues in Louisiana, and then grapple with issues of citizenship, equal protection, and the future of the 14th Amendment.


Friday, Jauary 26, 2018

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcoming Address and Opening Remarks
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Panel 1

History of the Fourteenth Amendment
8:45 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel 2

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Panel 3

Equal Protection
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel 4

Future of the Fourteenth Amendment
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Opening Remarks


  • Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., LSU Law Center

Panel 1: History of the Fourteenth


  • Judge Bernice Donald, United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Professor Christopher Green, Associate Professor of Law and H.L.A. Hart Scholar in Law and Philosophy at the University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Professor Earl Maltz, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Law
  • Professor Orville Vernon Burton, Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, Pan-African Studies, Sociology, and Computer Science at Clemson University
  • Keith Weldon Medley, Author of We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson


Panel 2: Citizenship


  • Professor Paul Finkelman, Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa, Canada; John E. Murray Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law
  • Journalist Alysa Landry, Journalist and English Instructor at Navajo Technical University

Panel 3: Equal Protection


  • Professor Mark Summers, Thomas D. Clark Chair in History at the University of Kentucky
  • Professor Seth Davis, Assistant Professor of Law at University of California Irvine School of Law
  • Professor Bertrall Ross, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at Berkeley Law
  • Professor D. Wendy Greene, Professor at Samford Cumberland School of Law

Panel 4: Future of the Fourteenth


  • Professor Michael Higginbotham, Joseph Curtis Professor of Law and former Interim Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Professor of Law and Marjorie Fried Research Scholar at University of Chicago Law School
  • Professor Wendy Brown Scott, Professor of Law at North Carolina Central School of Law


Parking for the Symposium is available at LSU Union Square, located on East Campus Drive next to the LSU Law Center.  The rate is $1.50 per hour every day from 7 AM to 10 PM. Click here for a map of the parking area.


Nearby hotels include:

The Cook Hotel at LSU
3848 W. Lakeshore Dr.
225/383-COOK (2665)

Hampton Inn & Suites
462 Lafayette Street
225/382-2100 or 800/426-7866
Downtown Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
225/344-5866 or 800-955-6962
Downtown Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Ave.
225/924-5000 or 800/228-9290


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