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“Arkansas’s Constitutional Heritage” is the focus of the annual conference of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society on Friday, September 8, 2006 at the Justice Building.  The conference features lectures by prominent Arkansas constitutional scholars, the dedication of an exhibit displaying the historic constitutions of the State of Arkansas, and a general membership luncheon meeting of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society.

U.A.L.R. Bowen School of Law Professor Scott Stafford will kick off the conference program at 9:15 a.m. with “An Overview of Arkansas’s Constitutional History.”  At 9:45 a.m., the Hon. Morris Arnold, 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, will speak on “Pre-Constitutional Arkansas,” and at 11:00 a.m., Arkansas Tech History Professor Thomas A. DeBlack will talk about “The Arkansas Constitution and the Brooks Baxter War.”

At noon, there will be a general membership luncheon meeting of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society.  Then, at 1:00 a.m., Frances Ross, President of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, and Wendy Richter, Director of the Arkansas History Commission, will preside over the dedication of an exhibit of the original four historic Arkansas constitutions from the Commission’s historical artifacts collection.  This will be followed by the afternoon lectures, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Russell Baker, Archival Manager for the Arkansas History Commission, addressing “The Art of Preserving Our Constitutional Heritage,” and continuing at 2:00 p.m. with U.A.L.R. Professor Emeritus Cal Ledbetter surveying “Interesting Arkansas Constitutions and Why They Failed.”  The closing lecture will be delivered at 3:00 p.m. by Nancy Belhouse Maya, U.A.L.R. Bowen School of Law Professor, on “New Judicial Federalism and the Arkansas Constitution.”

All events will be held in the Justice Building, 625 Marshall Street , on the State Capitol grounds.  The conference is open to the public, but reservations are required. Click here to view the registration form and the conference agenda [PDF format].  Continuing Legal Education credit (4.5 hrs. of CLE) is available.  For more information, phone 501-682-6879, or email rod.miller@arkansas.gov.

Rod Miller
Secretary/Treasurer
Arkansas
Supreme Court Historical Society
Phone: 501-682-6879
Email: rod.miller@arkansas.gov