Three Landmark Cases That Changed This Country

With few exceptions, the judicial branch, most notably seen through the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, remains the lesser-known of the three branches of American government.  Despite this, the judicial branch holds an important place in America.  Throughout its long history, certain cases have placed the Supreme Court in the national spotlight. 

In this presentation, Brian K. Leonard examines the meaning and importance of three foundational Supreme Court cases.  The three court cases include Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.  Together, these three cases transformed the law, the nation, and society.  Specifically, Brian Leonard will discuss arguments made on both sides of the cases, and delve into the nuanced facts of each case.   Brian will also infuse the case facts with revealing stories about well-known and lesser-known parties involved with each case, including lawyers and judges associated with the cases.  Utilizing a variety of materials, this presentation helps participants understand American legal history over time, and the impact of three Supreme Court cases on American history and society.   

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