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October 7, 2008
Indiana Supreme Court Lecture
Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer in the White House

Speaker: Chief Justice Frank Williams, Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Time: 5:00 p.m
Location: Wynne Courtroom

The Indiana Supreme Court Lecture, "Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer in the White House", will take place October 7, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom. Chief Justice Frank Williams of the Rhode Island Supreme Court will speak.

Photo of Justice Frank Williams

The agenda is as follows:

  • 5:00 p.m. lecture, Wynne Courtroom
  • 6:00 p.m. reception, Conour Atrium

The Honorable Frank J. Williams, founding chairman of the Lincoln Forum, is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. He has been a leader in the Lincoln community for 30 years, first as president of both the Lincoln Group of Boston and the Abraham Lincoln Association. In addition, he is a major collector of Lincolniana, a peripatetic lecturer before Lincoln and Civil War groups, and a scholar whose books include Judging Lincoln (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002) and, with Edna Greene Medford and Harold Holzer, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (Louisiana State University Press, 2006). He is a member of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Chair of the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He is currently at work on an annotated bibliography of all books and pamphlets written about Abraham Lincoln, due to be published in time for the bicentennial of Abraham LincolnÂ’s birth in 2009. He resides in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. On December 30, 2003, the President of the United States, through the Secretary of Defense, invited Chief Justice Williams to be a member of the then Military Commissions Review Panel for tribunals to be held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the rank of Major General. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 created the Court of Military Commission Review on which Williams serves as a civilian appellate judge. On November 21, 2007, the Secretary of Defense appointed Chief Justice Williams Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review.
Chief Justice WilliamsÂ’ lecture is sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court.

1 hour CLE credit will be available (reservation required)
This event is free and open to the public.