Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law

The Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law was established in 2016 by Professor Steven G. Calabresi. This lecture series honors President Lincoln's extraordinary work as a lawyer and as the leader who ended slavery, and recognizes his personal connection to the Law School.

2024 Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Chairman of the Society of Fellows, and founding director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, "Necessity, Morality, and Change: Lincoln's Constitutional Evolution to Emancipation"

2021 Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, "The Enactment and Interpretations of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments"

2020 Annette Gordon-Reed, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School

2019 Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, "Lincoln was Wrong – or We Are: The Great Emancipator versus Judicial Supremacy"

2018 (Fall) Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, "The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War"

2018 (Spring) Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, "Lincoln, Presidential Power, and the Rule of Law"

2017 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, "A Lincolnian and Northwestern Perspective on Electoral College Reform"