During the week marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the nation’s 16th president was a focus of Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s lecture at the University of Baltimore School of Law on April 16. The lecture was largely based on his new book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic, from which he read a few excerpts. The first chapter of the book is about President Lincoln, who Amar asserts is the individual who has had the most influence on the U.S. Constitution in the past 200 years. Because our America is so vastly different from the America of the Founding Fathers, Amar argues that “our Constitution is Lincoln’s Constitution.”
Amar, one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars, also spoke to a group of law students enrolled in a constitutional law course before his public lecture and met with law school faculty in the morning.