“The Civil War On Trial: Legal Issues That Divided A Nation”

June 7-9, 2012
Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, 4th Floor
Albany Law School
Albany, NY

Thursday, June 7

7:00 pm  Reception & Lecture by Paul Finkelman, Fugitive Slave Act & Secession
  Off-site at Court of Appeals
  20 Eagle Street, Albany, NY

Friday, June 8

8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 am Welcoming Remarks
9:15-9:30 am Opening comments from Conference Co-Chair, Harold Holzer
9:30-10:30 am Session #1-Right of Secession/State's Rights
  Harold Holzer-Moderator
  Charles Dew
  Louis P. Masur
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45-11:45 am Session #2-Emancipation and Presidential Power
  Paul Finkelman-Moderator
  James Oakes
  Nikki Taylor 
11:45 am -1:00 pm   Lunch in the Gym
1:00 - 2:00 pm Session #3-Civil Liberties-Free Press
  Rex Smith-Moderator
  Harold Holzer
  Craig Symonds
2:00-3:30pm Session #4-Civil Liberties-Habeas Corpus
  Frank Williams-Moderator
  Eric Freedman
  Joseph Bellacosa
  David O. Stewart
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:15  pm Session #5-Recruitment of Black Troops
  James Oakes-Moderator
  Spencer Crew
  Diane Barnes
  Nikki Taylor
  John Stauffer
5:15-5:20 pm Closing Remarks by Co-Chair, Paul Finkelman
5:30 pm Reception on-site at Albany Law School in Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom Foyer

Saturday, June 9

9:00-9:15 am Opening remarks by Chair, Harold Holzer
9:15-10:30 am Session #1 - Military Justice
  Harold Holzer-Moderator
  Frank Williams
  Craig Symonds
  James Swanson
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am -12:30 pm Session #2 - Closing Panel-Conference Summary
  Al Rosenblatt-Moderator
  All scholars invited to participate
12:30-1:00 pm Closing Remarks by Chairs
  Harold Holzer
  Paul Finkelman
7:30-9:00 pm  

Albany Pro Musica Civil War Concert - John Brown's Body
History comes alive! APM performs works from the Civil War era, including Vaughan Williams’ passionate Dona Nobis Pacem set to Whitman’s wartime texts. Augmented by period images and readings of letters from Civil War soldiers.

Tickets must be purchased by contacting Albany Pro-Musica at (518) 438-6548 or online at

Sponsored by EYP, Architecture & Engineering P.C.