As a service to its alumni and friends, the College of Law is happy to provide free CLE credits during the 2013-2014 academic year as it provides a wonderful opportunity to use the facility and reconnect. While we are able to offer the CLE course to Alumni of the College at no cost, all other attendees will be asked to pay a $20 fee at the door, exact change is required. All attendees are responsible for costs related to parking. For more information on where to park, please see below.
Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason
Speaker: Norman Poser, Professor of Law
DATE: Thursday, October 17, 2013
TIME: 12:00 - 1:00pm
College of Law, Room 111
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Professor Poser will discuss his book, "Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason," which details the turbulent political life of eighteenth-century Britain's most powerful judge, serving as chief justice for an unprecedented thirty-two years. His legal decisions launched England on the path to abolishing slavery and the slave trade, modernized commercial law in ways that helped establish Britain as the world's leading industrial and trading nation, and his vigorous opposition to the American colonists stoked Revolutionary fires. Although his father and brother were Jacobite rebels loyal to the deposed King James II, Mansfield was able to rise through English society to become a member of its ruling aristocracy and a confidential advisor to two kings. Poser sets Mansfield's rulings in historical context while delving into Mansfield's circle, which included poets (Alexander Pope described him as "his country's pride"), artists, actors, clergymen, noblemen and women, and politicians. Still celebrated for his application of common sense and moral values to the formal and complicated English common law system, Mansfield brought a practical and humanistic approach to the law. His decisions continue to influence the legal systems of Canada, Britain, and the United States to an extent unmatched by any judge of the past.
Review of "Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason":
"A remarkable portrait of a man and a legal age...A master work."
- Kent B. Syverud, Dean, WAshington University School of Law