Volume 85, No. 4, Summer 2013

The Promises Of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance Of The Thirteenth Amendment

Good afternoon everyone. Dean Epps, thank you for that kind introduction. It’s great to see so many of my former colleagues, former students, and friends from the community who I got to know over the years. It’s a particular pleasure to have Mrs. Green and the family here. It would be hard to overstate the impact of Judge Green’s legacy on Temple, on the Philadelphia community, and on me personally. I’ve been a beneficiary of that legacy, and to the extent that I’ve had accomplishments in my career thus far, I’m always cognizant that I stand on the shoulders of giants, like Judge Green. So it’s truly a deep honor to be here to deliver this year’s Judge Clifford Scott Green Lecture.

I want to try to do three things in today’s talk. First, I want to try to illuminate some of the history and the context of the Thirteenth Amendment. I think it’s a constitutional provision that has gotten less attention in our scholarship and jurisprudence than it deserves and I’d like to share with you some of the background around the Amendment. Second, I want to talk a little bit about how, in my view, the full scope of the Thirteenth Amendment has yet to be realized and share some thoughts on why it remains an underenforced constitutional norm. Finally, I will provide examples that demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment to addressing modern day issues.

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