Plessy v. Ferguson and the Evolution of Test Cases

The Society has long enjoyed a special relationship with the American College of Trial Lawyers. As a result, during their Annual Meeting, the College is granting exclusive access to their CLE Professional Program for Society Members:

 Plessy v. Ferguson and the Evolution of Test Cases 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 3:00 EDT 

1 credit hour, where approved Program Description

 Steve Luxenberg, the program's main speaker, points out that the majority of students and scholars thinking about Plessy does not go beyond "separate but equal". Mr. Luxenberg, a journalist with over 40 years of experience, tells the fascinating story of this as a pioneering "test" case brought by a group of Creole citizens in New Orleans to challenge specifically Louisiana's separate but equal railroad car act.

 Mr. Luxenberg will be joined by fellows and Society Trustees Carter G. Phillips and Seth P. Waxman, each of whom have argues more than 80 cases before the Supreme Court. Together, they will bring the concept of "test" cases up to date and discuss how cases have been engineered by individuals and interest groups. Their war stories of modern litigation serve as a compelling update to the tradition of test cases.

 The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Clare Cushman, Director of Publications and resident Historian at the Supreme Court Historical Society.

 In order to participate in this virtual event, you must receive a log-in and password from the Society. To make a reservation, and receive a log-in just prior to the event date, please email mmeehan@supremecourthistory.org to be placed on the reservation list. 

Signed copies of Mr. Luxenberg's book Separate can be purchased through the Society's Gift Shop, https://supremecourtgifts.org SCHS Members should use code 20SCHS20 at checkout to receive 20% off. 

 

 

 
     
Photos courtesy of Alan D. Rose, a member of the Supreme Court Historical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.The photos were taken during the ACTL meeting in New Orleans in September 2018.
Signed copies of Mr. Luxenberg's book Separate can be purchased through the Society's Gift Shop