Speakers and Paper Topics

The Dred Scott Case and Its Legacy: Race, Law, and the Struggle for Equality

Speakers for the Conference are listed below. Biographies are listed when available.

Dred Scott 

Austin Allen

(University of Houston-Downtown, History)
[bio] ”The Legacy of Substantive Due Process”

Adam Arenson

(Yale University, History)
“The Local Impact of the Dred Scott Case: 1857-2007”

Duane Benton

(United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit) [bio] “Lessons Learned from the Missouri Supreme Court’s Role in the Dred Scott Case”

Dennis Boman

(St. Louis University, History)
“Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas on the Founders and Slavery”

Alfred Brophy

(University of Alabama Law School) [bio]
“Realizing Reparations: Of Monuments and Memory”

Louis Gerteis

(University of Missouri-St.Louis, History) [bio]
“The Legacy of the Dred Scott Case: The Uneven Course of Wartime Emancipation in Missouri”

Mark Graber

(University of Maryland Law School) [bio]
“The Other Also Exists: John Brown and the Problem of Constitutional Evil”

Daniel Hamilton

(Chicago-Kent Law School)
“The Dred Scott Case, Emancipation, and the Rise of the Fifth Amendment”

Cheryl Harris

(University of California-Los Angeles, Law School) [bio]
“Enforced Belonging: Race, Nation and Citizenship from Dred Scott to the Fourteenth Amendment”

Cecil Hunt, II

(John Marshall Law School) [bio]
“No Right to Respect: Justice Taney, Dred Scott, and the Legacy of White Innocence”

Joseph G. Hylton

(Marquette University Law School) [bio]
“From Taney to Hughes: Dred Scott in the United States Supreme Court, 1857-1934”

Lewis Perry

(St. Louis University, History) [bio]
“Civil Disobedience and the Struggle Against Slavery”

Silvana Siddali

(St. Louis University, History) [bio]
“Human Property”

Alexander Tsesis

(University of Wisconsin Law School)
"The Unalienable Core of Citizenship"

Lea VanderVelde

(University of Iowa Law School) [bio]
“The Real Dred and Harriet Scott: Unsung Heroes in their Own Right(s)”

Leland Ware

(University of Delaware, Law and Public Policy) [bio]
”Dred Scott and the Enduring Marks of Inferiority”

William Wiecek

(Syracuse University Law School)
“Emancipation and Equality: The Thirteenth Amendment and the Law of Personal Status”

Michael Wolff

(Chief Justice,  Supreme Court of Missouri) [bio]
"Race, Law, and the Struggle for Equality: Missouri Law, Politics, and the Dred Scott Case"
Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m., Graham Chapel, Free and open to the public

Michael Zuckert

(University of Notre Dame, Political Science) [bio]
“Legality and Legitimacy in the Dred Scott Decision”

Kenneth Winn

(State Archivist of Missouri and Deputy Secretary of State for Records Services)[bio]


Image of the Old Courthouse, Arch and Harriet and Dred Scott
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Annette Gordon-Reed

(New York Law School) [bio]

James Simon

(New York Law School) [bio]

Eric Claeys

(Saint Louis University School of Law) [bio]

Davison Douglas

(Marshall-Wythe Law School (College of William & Mary)) [bio]

Michael Les Benedict

(Ohio State University) [bio]

Paul Finkelman

(Albany Law School) [bio]

Jack Greenberg

(Columbia Law School) [bio]

Mitch Crusto

(Washington University Law) [bio]

Judicial Roundtable

Michael Wolff

(Chief Justice,  Supreme Court of Missouri) 

Richard Teitelman

(Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri) [bio]

Stephen Limbaugh

(Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri) [bio]

William Ray Price

(Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri) [bio]

Mary Russell

(Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri) [bio]

Laura Denvir Stith

(Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri) (bio)

Duane Benton

(United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit) [bio]