Second Founding – Commemorating 155 years of the 14th Amendment and its Legacy

Free online program
February 21, noon-1:00pm
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Observe Black History Month and join us online for a free program about the 14th Amendment, which covers citizenship, due process, and equal protection. You can register and watch from the comfort of your own home!

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former enslaved people—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” One of three amendments passed during the Reconstruction era to abolish slavery and establish civil and legal rights for Black Americans, it would become the basis for many landmark Supreme Court decisions over the years. [source]

The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association are co-sponsoring a free, virtual community event that will explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. This event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 12 – 1 p.m. The program will focus on court decisions and laws impacting African Americans, in commemoration of Black History Month.

The following presenters will review and describe the three main clauses of the 14th Amendment: Citizenship; Due Process; Equal Protection; and a few of the landmark court decisions and legislation flowing from this far-reaching Constitutional Amendment: Hon. Henry Hamilton III, ISBA President and federal administrative law judge; Emily Chafa, ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Chair; Timothy Gartin, ISBA Real Estate and Title Law Section Chair.

To register to receive the link to participate, click here.