NJICLE Seminar Back by Popular Demand

November 5, 2015
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Donald Scarinci returns to moderate one of the most popular and successful NJICLE seminars John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the American Dialog


Following a sellout that culminated with a standing ovation at the New Jersey Law Center in June, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education is offering two encore presentations (for 3 CLE credits) of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the American Dialog moderated by Donald Scarinci. They will be held on November 12, 2015 in Morristown, New Jersey and on November 13, 2015 in Mount Laurel.

Donald Scarinci, a partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck whose practice encompasses constitutional issues, will moderate a panel with John Adams (portrayed by Peyton Dixon) and Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Steve Edenbo). This lively and unique seminar will provide insight into how the framers viewed themselves, the Constitution and the very foundation of our government and legal system.

cle-creditsAdams and Jefferson will discuss their lives and their relationship with each other. They will be guided by the moderator to shed light on how they viewed the world and how they understood some of the sections of the Constitution that have become most controversial in America today. Seminar attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and participate throughout the three hour presentation.

Scarinci, the author of four books and editor of the award-winning Constitutional Law Reporter, will assist participants in framing questions about current cases considered by the United States Supreme Court. For those lawyers who wonder how Adams and Jefferson might have viewed same sex marriage, campaign finance reform, or the right to bear arms and whether the Robert’s Court got those issues right, this will be the opportunity to ask two of the founding fathers directly.

“History portrays the founding fathers with God-like reverence. As attorneys we often attempt to interpret their understanding of the Constitution and we defer to them as authority.  In reality, the founders were just ordinary people trying to cope with the day to day problems of life in 18th Century America,” Scarinci said.

Due to the overwhelming success of the method used in this presentation, Scarinci is working with ICLE to offer others with a similar focus on the great people of the founding era. Watch for the announcement of the next program in December featuring James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, portrayed by William G. Chrystal and James Douglas Hall, respectively.