Panel Discussion on "Natural Law in Court"

May 18, 2017
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom (10th Floor)
25 E Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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$25 Registration / Free for Current Students and Faculty / 1 CLE CREDIT for an additional fee of $10

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 1 hour of General CLE credit. Cosponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Join us for a reception and panel discussion of the recent book by R. H. Helmholz, Natural Law in Court: A History of Legal Theory in Practice (Harvard University Press, 2015). Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Until very recently, lawyers in the Western tradition studied natural law as a part of their training, and the task of the judicial system was to put its tenets into concrete form, building an edifice of positive law on natural law’s foundations. Although much has been written about natural law in theory, surprisingly little has been said about how it has shaped legal practice. Natural Law in Court asks how lawyers and judges made and interpreted natural law arguments in England, Europe, and the United States, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the American Civil War.


5:15PM   Registration and Reception

6:15PM   Program

7:30PM   Close