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The symposium commemorates and celebrates the 800th anniversary of the creation of Magna Carta, the charter of liberties that England’s King John granted to his barons in 1215 in order to halt their rebellion and restore their allegiance to his throne. While in its time Magna Carta secured only the rights of a privileged class of the king’s subjects, the symposium speaks to the story of how this medieval charter, through centuries of interpretation and controversy, became an enduring symbol of liberty and the rule of law.

By examining the ways in which Magna Carta has been interpreted in English and American constitutional law and politics, the symposium demonstrates how principles such as due process of law, the right to a jury trial, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, and the theory of representative government emerged from a tradition that began 800 years ago.

CLE Hours:
5 CLE Hours including 1 Professionalism Hour

Constitutional Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Charles “Chuck” Olson, General Counsel, Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, Atlanta
Ryan Max Rowberry, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta
Kenneth L. Shigley, Past President, State Bar of Georgia; Chair, Magna Carta Commemorative Committee; Shigley Law, LLC, Atlanta

Welcome and Program overview
Kenneth L. Shigley
Ryan Max Rowberry
Political and cultural context of early 13th Century England
The State of England in the Early 13th Century
Alexander "Sasha" Volokh, Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta

Reasons for Wanting a Great Charter: Wives, Sons, Daughters, and Property

Wendy J. Turner, Professor of History, Georgia Regents University, Augusta
Context of the DOCUMENT(s):  Magna Carta and its legal meaning
Magna Carta as England’s First “Statute”
Thomas J. McSweeney, Assistant Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA

The (Single) Most Significant Word (from the American Perspective) in Magna Carta
Anthony Baker, Professor of Legal History, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
Remarks from state bar president
Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, President, State Bar of Georgia; Vice President and General Counsel, Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta
keynote address
Nathan Dorn, Rare Book Curator, Library of Congress Law Library, Washington, DC
Georgia’s Experience with Magna Carta
H. Robert Baker, Associate Professor of History, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Charles “Chuck” Olson
Ryan Max Rowberry