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The Fourteenth Amendment, Birthright Citizenship, and Equal Protection of the Laws

Thursday, May 12, 2022
12:00 pm
- 1:20 pm

FREE Virtual Program

1.0 hour Illinois CLE

Thursday, May 12, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM

Please join us for a webinar on The Fourteenth Amendment, Birthright Citizenship, and Equal Protection of the Laws.  Our panelists are Northwestern University History Professor Kate Masur, who is the acclaimed author of “Until Justice Be Done,” a historical account of the development of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Griselda Vega Samuel, who is Midwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national civil rights advocacy organization.

Professor Masur and Ms. Vega Samuel will discuss how the Fourteenth Amendment arose from a 19th Century racial equality movement that culminated in birthright U.S. citizenship as well as a command that states afford all “persons” equal protection of the laws.    They will also discuss the challenges, then and now, to ensuring federal civil rights protections on a national scale and to prevent opponents of racial equality from turning civil rights into a state-by-state patchwork.


Kate Masur

Kate Masur
Board of Visitors Professor of History
Northwestern University

Griselda Vega Samuel

Griselda Vega Samuel
Regional Counsel, Midwest Regional Office
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund


Hon. Gabriel A. Fuentes
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Northern District of Illinois


Thursday, May 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
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Chicago, IL United States
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