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Kravitz Symposium Series

Fourth Hon. Mark R. Kravitz Symposium: The Arc of the Rule of Law

October 28, 2021

Although the Rule of Law has been discussed over the past year in numerous settings and from varying perspectives, there has been little mention of the decade in our Nation’s history when the Rule of Law definitively changed.  Between the 1850s, when the Fugitive Slave Act was vigorously enforced, and the 1860s, when the Reconstruction Amendments ended slavery, defined citizenship, and guaranteed voting rights, the Rule of Law in America was dramatically transformed.  Yet, the effectiveness of that transformation continues to be debated.  What does it take to change the Rule of Law?

The symposium featured a conversation with our moderator and presenters about our Nation’s earlier experience in changing the Rule of Law, how it fell short, and possible lessons for our consideration today.