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Maine Fellows Cocktail Reception and Dinner

  • When: December 7, 2022, 5:30–8:30 pm
  • Where: 116 High St, Portland, ME 04101

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Maine Fellows Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Featuring a keynote by Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law

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Christopher Schmidt researches U.S. legal and constitutional history, with a focus on the relationship between intellectual history, social movements, and constitutional change in the twentieth century.  He is an Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Co-Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has also served as the editor of the ABF's Law & Social Inquiry since 2013. He has published in leading law reviews and peer-review journals; his article "Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement" (Law and History Review, 2015) won the 2014 Association of American Law Schools' Scholarly Papers Competition and the 2016 American Society for Legal History Surrency Prize.

Join Christopher Schmidt for a keynote in reference to his published book, The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era.

On February 1, 1960, four African American college students entered the Woolworth department store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and sat down at the lunch counter. This lunch counter, like most in the American South, refused to serve black customers. The four students remained in their seats until the store closed. In the following days, they returned, joined by growing numbers of fellow students. These “sit-in” demonstrations soon spread to other southern cities, drawing in thousands of students and coalescing into a protest movement that would transform the struggle for racial equality.

The Sit-Ins tells the story of the student lunch counter protests and the national debate they sparked over the meaning of the constitutional right of all Americans to equal protection of the law. Christopher W. Schmidt describes how behind the now-iconic scenes of African American college students sitting in quiet defiance at “whites only” lunch counters lies a series of underappreciated legal dilemmas—about the meaning of the Constitution, the capacity of legal institutions to remedy different forms of injustice, and the relationship between legal reform and social change.

Copies of the book will be available for pre-order with registration and available for purchase on-site. 

Cumberland Club
116 High St, Portland, ME 04101

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET

5:30- Cocktail Hour

6:30- Dinner

7:30- Keynote Presentation 


NOTE: This is being held as an in-person event only. 

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