Huebner to Present at Constitutional Conferences in California, New York

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Prof. Tim Huebner will present papers on his research on Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the author of the Court’s opinion in the Dred Scott case, at two upcoming symposia.

On September 17, Huebner will participate in the San Francisco State University Rights Conference.  His paper, “Roger B. Taney and the Constitution,” will be part of a session on “Civil War Civil Rights.”  Two weeks later, on October 1, Huebner will present “Lincoln v. Taney:  Liberty, Power, and the Clash of the Constitutional Titans” at “Lincoln’s Legacy:  Enduring Lessons of Executive Power,” a symposium organized by the eminent legal historian Paul Finkelman at Albany Law School.  Leading scholars in the field of constitutional studies will attend both meetings.

Huebner’s work on the nation’s fifth chief justice, who served between 1836 and 1864, grows out of his 2003 book, The Taney Court:  Justices, Rulings, and Legacy.  Huebner’s most recent research focuses on Taney’s years as a young lawyer in Maryland.  Although best known for his pro-slavery Dred Scott opinion as chief justice, Taney held anti-slavery views during the early phase of his career.