UM Law School to Host Peer Review Forum Lecture

The Mississippi Law Journal and the Sherman L. Muths, Jr., Lecture Series are hosting a Peer Review Forum Lecture Webinar on Monday, February 27th at 12:00 p.m. in Weems Auditorium. The event is also part of Black History Month.

This year’s lecture will feature Alfred Brophy, the John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Prof. Brophy’s lecture is entitled “Twenty-One Months a Slave,” and is based on an article that will appear in the Mississippi Law Journal later this year. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A panel featuring Professors Michele Alexandre and Chris Green, and Dean Jack Nowlin.

Professor Brophy’s lecture will center on the story of Cornelius Sinclair, a free person, kidnapped in Philadelphia, and enslaved in Alabama. While in Tuscaloosa, a local minister filed a lawsuit on Sinclair’s behalf, to ask for his freedom. Professor Brophy and panelists will discuss the difficulties experienced by southern jurists and litigants with the central tendencies of slave law in the American south in 1825.

Like most American law reviews, the Mississippi Law Journal is a student-edited journal. The majority of its articles are selected by student editors. However, a few of its articles are now selected and workshopped through an alternative process involving formal review by faculty peer reviewers. These articles are published in the Mississippi Law Journal as peer reviewed articles. The Peer Review Forum Lecture gives students, professors, and community members the opportunity to discuss these works in depth with Peer Review authors firsthand.