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Atlanta Bar Association Lunch and Learn Seminar: Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest

Monday, November 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristyn Girardeau
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Speaker:  Joshua C. Tate, SMU Dedman School of Law


About the Program:

Most lawyers have heard of the Great Charter of King John, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2015. Perhaps less famous is the 1217 Charter of the Forest of King Henry III, which allowed Englishmen to use certain common lands that had been claimed by King John and his predecessors. Henry III reissued John’s charter in 1217 along with his new Forest Charter.  Although the rights in the Charter of the Forest granted were narrower than the various procedural rights in Magna Carta, they had relevance for all the king’s subjects, not just the barons and great lords. A comparison of these two charters illustrates the difficulty in defining fundamental rights. What is more important, the right to food—which is necessary to life—or the right to be free of state oppression?


Why You Need To Attend:

Professor Joshua Tate, the speaker at this event, has given more than sixty lectures on Magna Carta at bar associations and universities in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He is a leading expert on legal history who has published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Georgia Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, and the Journal of Legal History, among other publications. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was a Lloyd M. Robbins Senior Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. In August 2015, he was elected as a Miembro de Honor by the Comité Ejecutivo de la Abogacía Colombiana. In his presentation, Professor Tate will use photographs and illustrations to highlight the importance of different clauses of Magna Carta and the Forest Charter.


Topics include:

The background to Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest

How the protections in the Forest Charter compare to the Great Charter

What a comparison of these two charters may tell us about the definition of fundamental rights


Register by January 18, 2017 and receive a $25 discount!

Atlanta Bar Member: $75 ($50 early)
Non-Member: $100 ($75 early)
Paralegals: $50 ($25 early)
Law students: $15 (Members); $25 (Non-Members)


Click here to register online. 

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