Program Details

Reconstruction & the Constitution: The History & Impact of the 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments

Roy Klein
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Course Description

This presentation explores the three constitutional amendments enacted during post-Civil War Reconstruction, the 13th (abolition of slavery); 14th (equal protection/due process); and 15th (voting rights for ex-slaves), including their shortcomings and enduring impact through the 20th century to today. The lecture takes a deeper dive into the 14th amendment, which may be the most important of them all.

About the Instructor

  • Roy Klein, J.D., Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In nearly forty-five years of legal practice, he has represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, as well as serving pro bono in constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As President of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution.

    He's coached a high-school mock-trial team for nearly 20 years. And he's judged numerous high-school, college, and law-school mock-trial and moot-court competitions.