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2009 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 APRIL 16, 2009


The Law Library of Louisiana is hosting a free continuing legal education (CLE) program in recognition of Law Day. The theme of Law Day for 2009 is “A Legacy of Liberty - Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial.” This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, who spent much of his adult life in the practice of law. The library is offering a CLE program on Tuesday, April 28th from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, worth one credit hour, to commemorate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln by exploring the man behind the familiar myths. The library is located in the Louisiana Supreme Court courthouse at 400 Royal Street in the French Quarter.

According to Law Library of Louisiana Director Georgia Chadwick, “The first of two speakers will be LSU Professor David Madden, Chair of the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The Law Library of Louisiana’s CLE program will be considered as an official event of the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in celebrating the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.” Professor Madden will speak about Lincoln’s unique relationship with Louisiana, pointing out that Lincoln chose Louisiana to be the first state to re-enter the Union and to function as a model for all other Southern states in the implementation of his non-vengeful vision of Reconstruction.

The second speaker will be E. Phelps Gay, partner at the New Orleans law firm of Christovich and Kearney. He has been intensely studying the life of Abraham Lincoln since the early 1990's when he purchased a copy of Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings, edited by Roy Basler. In his talk, Gay will offer his answer to the question “Who was Abraham Lincoln?” by covering six key aspects of Lincoln’s character. Part of his presentation will focus on why and how Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer and an effective advocate for his clients.

There is no charge for the program. However, due to limited seating, attendees must call or email to indicate they will attend. A light lunch will be provided. For more information on the Law Library of Louisiana’s free CLE, contact Georgia Chadwick at 504.310.2402 or gchadwick@lasc.org.

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