Continuing Legal Education

Second Annual Abraham Lincoln's Legacy - Lessons for Today's Lawyers

September 7, 2018
8:50 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
5.75 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Association

Beardstown
Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum
101 W 3rd St.
(map and directions)

 

This program is the second in a series of annual CLE programs planned on the Friday closest to the
anniversary of the date Abraham Lincoln was awarded his Illinois law license (September 9, 1836).
Locations will be selected based on a significant Lincoln historical connection.

In 1858, Lincoln defended William Duff Armstrong on murder charges for the death of James Preston Metzker. During the trial, a key prosecution eyewitness named Charles Allen testified that he witnessed the fight after sunset by the light of the moon high overhead. Lincoln undermined Allen’s testimony by using an almanac to prove that the moon was on the horizon and did not provide sufficient light to see anything clearly at the time of the fight. William Duff Armstrong was acquitted and Lincoln’s use of the almanac became legendary in the legal community. Don’t miss this full-day seminar that examines the Lincoln Almanac Trial in the very courthouse where Armstrong was acquitted. Topics include:

  • An examination of the case from the trial advocacy perspective, and what modern lawyers can learn from it;
  • A look at Lincoln’s other murder trials, and how attorneys must fulfill their duty to represent clients zealously in such cases;
  • The problem with eyewitness identification and how to deal with it effectively at trial;
  • The ethical issues that can arise during a trial;
  • A look at Lincoln’s practice before the Illinois Supreme Court; and
  • Much more!


Program Coordinators:
Hon. Bobby G. Hardwick, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Beardstown
Hon. Ronald D. Spears (Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Bobby G. Hardwick, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Beardstown

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  The Lincoln Almanac Trial
George R. Dekle, Sr., Professor Emeritus, Levin College of Law, University of Florida

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Lincoln’s Murder Trials
George R. Dekle, Sr., Professor Emeritus, Levin College of Law, University of Florida

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The Trials: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hon. Ronald D. Spears (Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville
J. Steven Beckett, University of Illinois Law School, Champaign
George R. Dekle, Sr., Professor Emeritus, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Hon. Bobby G. Hardwick, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Beardstown

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Ethical Issues at Trial*
Peter L. Rotskoff, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Springfield

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Eyewitness Identification: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hon. Ronald D. Spears (Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville
J. Steven Beckett, University of Illinois Law School, Champaign
John Hanlon, Executive/Legal Director Illinois Innocence Project, UIS, Springfield
Hon. Bobby G. Hardwick, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Beardstown

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.  Lincoln’s Practice before The Illinois Supreme Court
John A. Lupton, Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, Springfield

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval