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The Constitution of 1818 And Beyond


 CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

8:00 – 9:00       Registration and refreshments 

9:00 – 10:45     Opening Plenary Session 

Welcome:        Allen M. Ward, President, ASCH
                        Wesley W. Horton, President, CSCHS
                        Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Connecticut Supreme Court
                        The Honorable Peter T. Zarella, Connecticut Supreme Court
                        Jeremy Paul, Dean, UConn School of Law
                        George J. Willauer, President, Acorn Club 

Presentation of ASCH Linsley and Babbidge Awards: Nancy H. Steenburg

Keynote: Christopher Collier, University of Connecticut, Emeritus, “Why Connecticut Really Is the Constitution State”


Break 10:45 – 11:00
 

I. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 11:00 – 12:30

1.  ZEPHANIAH SWIFT AND THE CONSTITUTION OF 1818

  • Chair: Donald W. Rogers, Central Connecticut State University and Housatonic Community College

  • Colin Tait, University of Connecticut School of Law, “Zephaniah Swift:  A Biographical Sketch”

  • Jacob Zeldes, Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, “Zephaniah Swift, His Best Friend, and Peter Lung”

  • Michael Besso, University of Connecticut, “Zephaniah Swift:  The Unintended Consequences of Political Entrepreneurship”

2. MURDER AND JUSTICE FOR MINORITIES

  • Chair: Alan Rogers, Boston College

  • Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut, “The Murder of Hannah Simons, an Indian Woman, and the Challenge of Equal Justice in Windham County, Connecticut, 1805”

  • Lawrence B. Goodheart, University of Connecticut/Hartford, “Capital Punishment and the Constitution of 1818”

3. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR POLITICAL RIGHTS

  • Chair: Guocun Yang, Manchester Community College

  • Bruce P. Stark, Connecticut State Library, “No Taxation without the Franchise:  The Beginnings of the African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1803-1823”

  • Peter P. Hinks, Independent Historian, “How White or Black Must the Voter Be:  The Parameters of Suffrage and the Constitution of 1818” 
     

Buffet Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30
 

II. PLENARY SESSION 1:30 – 3:00
 

4. THE CONSTITUTION OF 1818

  • Chair: Walter W. Woodward, Connecticut State Historian

  • Douglas M. Arnold, Editor, The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, “The Public Records Project and the Political, Constitutional, and Ecclesiastical Transformations of 1816-1818”

  • Richard Buel, Jr., Wesleyan University, “Original Discontents:  The Political Context of Connecticut’s Constitution of 1818”
     

Break 3:00 – 3:15
 

III. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3:15 – 4:45

5. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL BIOGRAPHY

  • Chair: Christopher Clark, University of Connecticut

  • Martin C. Babicz, University of Colorado, “Thomas Fitch and the Relationship between Law And Politics in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut”

  • Paul E. Baran, Connecticut State Library, “Moses Warren:  Surveyor of Land, Jeffersonian Republican, and Father of Districting”

6. THE COLLAPSE OF THE STANDING ORDER, 1800 - 1818

  • Chair: Jon Purmont, Southern Connecticut State University

  • George Curley, California State University at Long Beach, “The Fall of the Standing Order, 1800-1818”

  • Michael Besso, University of Connecticut, “The 1804 Pamphlet War and the Movement for a New Constitution”

7. NINETEENTH CENTURY LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATES

  • Chair: David O. White, Independent Historian

  • Richard DeLuca, Independent Historian, “Competition v. Monopoly:  Transportation and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut”

  • Nancy H. Steenburg, University of Connecticut/Avery Point, “New Justice or Justice Denied? Changes in Connecticut’s Treatment of Juvenile Offenders in the 19th Century”

8. TWENTIETH CENTURY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

  • Chair: Lawrence J. DeNardis, University of New Haven

  • Philip A. Grant, Jr., Pace University, “Connecticut and the Repeal of the Prohibition Amendment, 1932-1933”

  • Wesley W. Horton, Horton, Shields & Knox, “The Impact of the 1818 Constitution on the 1965 Constitution”

Closing Reception 4:45 – 5:30

 

Directions to University of Connecticut School of Law

Take Route I-84 to exit 46. Turn right onto Sisson Avenue. At second traffic light, turn right onto Farmington Avenue, and immediately left onto Sherman Street. The Law School is directly ahead, where Sherman Street meets Fern Street. Ample parking is available. The conference will be held in William F. Starr Hall.

For additional directions, see:  http://www.law.uconn.edu/about/map.html 

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