Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso Cardozo Society and El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center

Event was generously underwritten by the Jewish Community Foundation

Thursday – September 20, 2018

5:30pm – Reception

6:30pm – Dr. Finkelman’s lecture

Lecture followed by book signing of Dr. Finkelman’s new release, “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court”


El Paso Museum of Art

1 Festival Arts Plaza


Tickets: $18.00

Tickets can be purchased online: click here

Or by contacting El Paso Holocaust Museum: 915.351.0048 or the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso: 915.842.9554



 Dr. Finkelman, President of Gratz College, is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties, and race and the law. Dr. Finkelman will present on the topic, “Supreme Injustice,” examining the lasting impact of historic actions of the Supreme Court in regards to slavery, civil liberties, and discrimination. The affects of which are still evident today. As a foremost legal and human rights expert, Dr. Finkelman’s lecture will be a fascinating exploration of the connections of history to today, the legacy of discrimination, and how the actions of a few affect the generations after them. Dr. Finkelman will also sign copies of his newest book, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court, at the event. Books will be available for sale before and after the event or by contacting El Paso Holocaust Museum or the Jewish Federation of El Paso. 


Paul Finkelman received his B.A. in American Studies from Syracuse University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1976.  He was later a Fellow in Law and Humanities at Harvard Law School. He has held a number of endowed chairs as a tenured professor or as a visitor, including the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan, the John Hope Franklin Chair in American Legal History at Duke Law School, and the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.   In 2017 he held the Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa School of Law, in Ottawa, Canada and was also the John E. Murray Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and the author or editor of more than fifty books.  His next book, Supreme Injustice:  Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2018.

He has published in a wide variety of areas including American Jewish history, American legal history, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball.  His work has been cited in four decisions by the United States Supreme Court, numerous other courts, and in many appellate briefs.  He has lectured on slavery, human trafficking, and human rights issue at the United Nations, throughout the United States, and in more than a dozen other countries, including China, Germany, Israel, and Japan.  In 2014, he was ranked as the fifth most cited legal historian in American legal scholarship in Brian Leiter’s “Top Ten Law Faculty Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013.”  He was an expert witness in the famous Alabama Ten Commandments Monument Case (Glassroth v. Moore) and in the law suit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball (Popov v. Hayashi).