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Inside the U.S. Legal System
The Bonnie and Richard Reiss Lecture in Constitutional History and Law
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, Philip C. Bobbitt, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Sat, November 15th, 2014 |
9:30 am to 11:00 am
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Discussion

The adversarial system transformed the legal process in Britain, the United States, and beyond, by incorporating tenets such as the presumption of innocence, impartiality, and defendants’ right to representation. Following New-York Historical’s Friday-night screening of the courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution, three experts explore the existing challenges within the U.S. criminal justice system and shed light on the intricacies of the adversary legal process, which pits the prosecution against the defense, the accuser against the accused.

Samuel Alito was nominated as an Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, by President George W. Bush and took his seat on January 31, 2006. Philip C. Bobbitt is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University and Director of the Center on National Security at Columbia Law School. Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of America’s Constitution: A Biography and America’s Unwritten Constitution.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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