This CLE is part three of a four-part CLE series. The series is a collaborative project between Gibbel Kraybill & Hess and the LBA’s Diversity Committee.
Speakers: Dwight Yoder, Esq. and Bernard Ilkhanoff, Esq.
1 Substantive Credit
This seminar series will explore the legal and historical context of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. Often referred to as America’s “original sin,” the kidnapping of Africans, who were then taken to the United States colonies where they were enslaved and treated as property, represents one of the most tragic and inhumane parts of our country’s history. Our founding document – the United States Constitution – preserved and protected slavery as an institution. Even after slavery was abolished by the adoption of the 13th Amendment during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, discrimination, organized violence and systemic oppression against African-Americans continued. This discrimination was legalized by the states, encouraged by the federal government and sanctioned by the courts. Learning about the laws, systems and organized forms of oppression that were put in place over the history of our country is essential to understanding and addressing the racial injustice that continues to plague our country. This seminar series, which was developed by attorneys at Gibbel Kraybill and Hess, is being presented as a collaborative project between Gibbel Kraybill & Hess and the LBA’s Diversity Committee.
Gibbel Kraybill and Hess is generously sponsoring this series so that LBA members may attend and receive CLE credit free of charge.