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Paul Finkelman

President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at the Albany Law School

Prof. Paul FinkelmanPaul Finkelman will be appearing in Rochester on Thursday, October 6, 2011 to speak on the legal and historical framework for immigration reform. Migrant Support Services of Wayne County and Wayne Action for Racial Equality are coordinating the event to bring attention to the  relevancy of the collective action throughout our nation's history to extend civil rights protections to traditionally excluded groups and the importance of understanding  immigration rights in a human rights context.  To foster such collective action, Migrant Support Services is seeking partner organizations to build an audience for Dr. Finkelman's visit.

Professor Finkelman will deliver two talks on October 6.

Who, What and Why: Immigrant Issues in the News
3:00 to 4:30 PM        St. John Fisher College (Basil auditorium, room 135)
Sponsored by the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs in collaboration with professors from the college's School of Education and American Studies Department.

Sustaining Immigrants' Human Rights in the 21st Century
7:30 PM until 8:30
Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Conference Room—The Forum

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A specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, and race and the law, Professor Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 25 books.  His op-eds and shorter pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and on the Huffington Post.  He was recently named the ninth most cited legal historian according to "Brian Leieter's Law School Rankings."

He is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball.  He has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln.  Professor Finkelman was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005). His scholarship on the Second Amendment has also been cited by the Supreme Court.  In 2002 he was a key expert witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.

C-SPAN was on the Albany Law School campus in fall 2010 to tape Professor Paul Finkelman's two-hour class on the Dred Scott case. The program aired nationally and is now part of C-Span¹s series on American History.  He has also appeared on other C-Span programs, on PBS, and the History Channel.

Much of Prof. Finkelmans published writing is available for download from his SSRN Author page.

Prof. Finkelman is a frequent Huffington Post blogger.

During his talks in Rochester,  Professor Finkelman will concentrate on the origins and rationale for the 14th amendment and its relevancy to the discussion of immigration reform. An interview by Susan Arbetter of the Capitol Pressroom of  Dr. Finkelman on the topic can be heard on the Capitol Pressroom web-site http://thecapitolpressroom.org/the-capitol-pressroom-for-december-27-2010.

Organizing sponsors of these events include Wayne Action for Racial Equality (WARE) and Migrant Support Services of Wayne County (MSS) in cooperation with the departments of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, Inclusive Undergraduate Education and American Studies at St. John Fiher College; Rochester Committee on Latin America (ROCLA), Metro Justice; The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR); League of Women Voters of Rochester Metropolitan Area; Sisters of Mercy; Sisters of St. Joseph and the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.

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