Struggling for Racial Justice in Challenging Times

"We're going to have to unwind the system in the same step by step way we got here." James Forman, Jr.
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James Forman, Jr.

Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and author

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President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.


The 2017 theme celebrates the 14th Amendment. Ratified during Reconstruction in 1868, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.


For our annual Law Day forum, presented in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association,  join us for a conversation with James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, on how and why our society became so punitive and what we can do about the future of race and the criminal justice system in the United States.

Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers.

The Sidney D. Josephs Memorial Forum on the Bill of Rights

The City Club of Cleveland's Authors in Conversation Series is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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The City Club of Cleveland is proud to be a partner in the yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through
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