Pitt Law Dean to Address Reconstruction Amendments at PA Supreme Court Second Founding Event


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Pitt Law Dean to Address Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Branches Regarding Civil War and Reconstruction at Event Held at Pennsylvania Supreme Court

PITTSBURGH-In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our nation’s Second Founding, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Commission on Judicial Independence and the Pennsylvania Bar Association will host a special lecture on May 16, at 6 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Capitol Building.

The one-hour lecture will be given by University of Pittsburgh School of Law Dean and Professor, William M. Carter, Jr., Esq., an expert on the Reconstruction Amendments to the United States Constitution. These amendments (13, 14 and 15) were adopted in the wake of the Civil War and are known as the Second Founding.

The U.S. Senate issued a proclamation encouraging state and local governments to join in the sesquicentennial celebration of these amendments by organizing ceremonies, activities, and educational outreach; and encouraged people to explore the history and significance of the Second Founding and celebrate its continuing importance to our Constitution and to the United States.

This event seeks to accomplish just that, while bringing together leadership from Pennsylvania’s three branches of government.



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