Great Texts in Legal History Seminar and Discussion

Oct 28, 2020
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Thomas DonnellyCircuit Court of Cook County

Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute


$104 Registration Fee/ $50 for JD students.
Open to lawyers and law school students. CLE credit available.

Others interested in participating should contact us. Seminars will be held online over Zoom.

The Lumen Christi Institute has partnered with the Catholic Lawyers Guild to offer a monthly close-reading seminar on “Great Texts in Legal History.”  The seminar will be led by Austin Walker (Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute) and moderated by Judge Tom Donnelly. This monthly online seminar will allow lawyers to read and analyze great short works that illuminate the relationship between law, ethics, free will, authority, and God. Selections are short enough to read immediately beforehand. We will also read them during the session.


September 23 | The Ten Commandments

October 28 | Lincoln's Second Inaugural

November 18 | 2 Samuel 11 and 12: David and Bathsheba & Nathan rebukes David

December 16 | Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (excerpts)

January 20 | Thomas Aquinas, Treatise on Law (excerpts)

February 24 | Lawrence Joseph, Curriculum Vitae (poem)

The Honorable Thomas More Donnelly serves as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Sworn in as a judge in 2000, he currently serves in the Law Division, Commercial Calendar, and has tried over 300 jury trials. He currently sits on the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees with a term expiring 2023 and serves as liaison to the Committee on Judicial Education. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the inaugural chair of the Illinois Judicial College Board. Additionally, he serves on the faculty of the National Judicial College and teaches judges around the country. He served on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices from its inception until its final report 2018-2020. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed him as one of two judicial representatives on the Statutory Court Fee Task Force and he served on the task force from its inception until its final report 2016-2019. He has taught at Loyola Law School for the past thirty years. While he has taught five different courses, he currently teaches Illinois Civil Procedure. He has taught or lectured at many other law schools:  Marquette, University of Chicago, Washington & Lee, DePaul. He teaches widely with bar associations and other groups. 

Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute where he directs LCI's Newman Forum and West Suburban Series on Catholic Culture, in addition to serving as the instructor for LCI's Executive Great Books series. He is also an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School Basic Program of Liberal Education. He is completing a Ph.D. on John Henry Newman's political philosophy at the University of Chicago's prestigious Committee on Social Thought, and holds M.A.'s from the University of Chicago and the University of Mississippi.  He received a B.A. with highest honors in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From 2007 to 2011, he taught in the Mississippi Delta for the Mississippi Teacher Corps, where he received the Andrew P. Mullins Jr. Award in 2009.