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FAULKNER LAW NEWSLETTER | FALL 2014 1 Sapp Awarded Maud McLure Kelly Award The Faulkner Law Review, in partnership with the Faulkner Law chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, held its third annual Symposium, entitled "From Magna Carta to the Montgomery March: The Career of Rights in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition," on September 12, 2014 at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club. The Symposium featured Bradley Miller, Professor of Law, Western University; Winston P. Nagan, Professor of Law, University of Florida; Dwight G. Duncan, Professor of Law, University of Massachusetts; David M. VanDrunen, Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Westminster Seminary California; and James R. Stoner, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University. Faulkner Law's Adam MacLeod and Michael DeBoer also served as speakers. The Symposium examined the question of what it means to possess a right that does not owe its existence entirely to law. It traced the history and development of the idea of rights from Magna Carta through the common law, the American founding, and the movement for civil and voting rights. "This year's Symposium initiated Faulkner Law Review's new brand as the journal of the Anglo-American legal tradition in the United States," said Professor Adam MacLeod, Faulkner Law Review faculty advisor. "The brand seeks to offer a balanced approach to contemporary legal issues by examining persistent questions of law in light of the common law and natural law foundations of American legal norms and institutions." The print issue from the Symposium will be distributed to interested scholars around the world in early 2015, in time to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to- Montgomery civil rights march. To reserve a copy, contact the Faulkner Law Review at FaulknerLawReviewSymposium@gmail.com. Ernestine S. Sapp (JSL '77) was recently awarded the Maud McLure Kelly Award by the Alabama State Bar. The award celebrates female attorneys whose accomplishments in law have paved a path of success for others to follow. Sapp's accomplishments have broken down many barriers for women and minorities in the field of law. She was the first African- American graduate of JSL to be admitted to the Alabama Bar. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the Alabama Trial Lawyers Executive Committee, and the first to be elected as Bar Commissioner for the Alabama State Bar. She was the first Alabama lawyer to serve on the board of the National Trial Lawyers' minority caucus. She was the first African-American woman elected to be a State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She was also the first Alabamian to be elected vice-president of the National Bar Association. "I am truly honored to receive this award. I give credit to God for equipping me with the strength and ability to achieve," Sapp said. "I am thankful for my family, who has supported me without fail. Without their love and encouragement, none of this would have been possible." Currently, Sapp is of counsel at Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray, Gray & Nathanson, located in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is a certified mediator. She has also served as a member of the Wiley College Board of Trustees in Marshall, Texas. Sapp was married to the late Dr. Walter J. Sapp, and has three children and six grandchildren. Faulkner Law's chapter of the Black Law Students Association is named after Sapp. She is a frequent supporter of law school events, and a constant source of encouragement for Faulkner law students. Faulkner Law's Adam MacLeod, Associate Professor of Law, served as faculty for a seminar held at Princeton University in early August. The seminar, titled "The Moral Foundations of Law" and sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute, was comprised of JD, LLM, SJD, and PhD candidates from around the world. The week-long, intensive seminar investigated the relationship between sound norms of critical morality and civil law, and it explored the relation between moral and legal philosophy in the Anglo-American tradition both in legal positivism and the natural law tradition. Every year, graduate students from around the world enroll in the Witherspoon Institute's Moral Foundations of Law seminar to examine the relationship between critical morality and law. Faulkner Law students receive similar training in their very first semester of law school. "Our Foundations of Law course, which is the cornerstone of our first-year curriculum, equips students to think critically about the reasons for law, the purposes and limitations of legal institutions, and the moral foundations of legal norms," MacLeod said. "Like those graduate students who traveled to Princeton in August, our students are both encouraged and enabled to bring the lessons of Anglo-American jurisprudence to bear upon contemporary legal and cultural issues. We want our students to encounter different perspectives on law and to learn how to discuss difficult questions with reason and civility." MacLeod, who recently received a commission from Cambridge University Press for publication of his book, "Property and Practical Reason," has returned to Faulkner Law for his eighth year as a member of the faculty. MacLeod spent the 2012-2013 academic year as a visiting fellow at Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. His scholarly works have appeared in peer- edited journals and law reviews in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. He also writes for and speaks to public audiences. He is a frequent contributor to the Witherspoon Institute's online journal, The Public Discourse, and he has contributed to the Land Use Prof Blog and The Journal Jurisprudence. He speaks to civic groups about the importance of institutions of private ordering, especially private property ownership, religious institutions, and the biological family. This fall, Professor MacLeod will teach Intellectual Property and Foundations of Law. Faulkner Law Review Hosts Third Annual Law Review Symposium BRIEF T H E N E W S L E T T E R O F T H O M A S G O O D E J O N E S S C H O O L O F L A W | F A L L 2 0 1 4 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Dean's Report ................................. 2 Alumni News .................................. 4 Faculty Announcements ................. 5 Clinic News ..................................... 6 Advocacy Updates........................... 7 Save the Date .................................. 8 MacLeod Serves as Seminar Faculty at Princeton University Ernestine Sapp (JSL '77) and Dean Charles Campbell

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