Historical society of NY courts to host virtual program on NY’s role in ratifying U.S. constitution
On November 8, 2023, the Historical Society of the New York Courts will offer a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program titled “The Struggle for Ratification: New York’s Role in Shaping the U.S. Constitution.” The event is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be conducted virtually, and is free to the public.
New York remained one of the states that had yet to ratify the U.S. Constitution by 1787. The state’s Constitutional Convention was a battleground between Anti-Federalists, who were proponents of states’ rights, and Federalists led by Alexander Hamilton, advocating for a robust federal government.
Marilyn Marcus, executive director of the Historical Society, underscored the relevance of the topic.
“The society will bring together renowned scholars to dive into this question, the debates on the convention’s floor, and New York’s role in the development of the Bill of Rights,” Marcus said. “This program will enrich an understanding of the nation’s roots in a constitutional government and the role NY played in this. Certainly, something of special importance in today’s climate where our democratic foundations are being challenged and questioned.”
Moderating the event will be Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, retired associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The list of presenters includes distinguished scholars from Harvard University Law School, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Stanford University, among others.
The event serves as part of the Historical Society’s ongoing mission to preserve and promote the legal history of New York. Founded in 2002 by then-NYS Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, the society has continually striven for educational outreach and public engagement on matters pivotal to the state’s legal landscape.
For registration and more information, visit the Society’s website at history.nycourts.gov.
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