A New Discussion Series! Law, History and Politics

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As we usher in the new year, a new discussion series will be introduced -- LAW, HISTORY AND POLITICS.

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

The LHP series will start out with subject matters that directly relate to the U.S. For instance, we'll discuss landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential Legislative body of work.

The advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.

For the premier discussion, scheduled on February 2, 2017, we'll read and discuss the following:

• The Federalist Papers No. 2 ("Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence" -- by John Jay).

• The Federalist Papers No. 68 ("The Mode of Electing the President" -- by Alexander Hamilton).

• Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) -- a.k.a. the "Dred Scott Decision"