In 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, New York’s highest court - The Court of Appeals - upheld a petition granted by the Superior Court in New York City for the release of eight enslaved people (including six children) brought to New York by Virginians Jonathan and Juliet Lemmon on their way to Texas. Join the discussion of this celebrated case that brought up hard questions about slavery within the United States and challenged the slavery laws between the northern and southern states.

About The speakers

Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt is President Emeritus of the Historical Society of the New York Courts, Fellow at NYU Law School and a retired Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, where he was an Associate Justice from 1999 to 2006. He also does mediation and arbitrations as Of Counsel to the firm McCabe & Mack LLP.

Judge Rosenblatt’s career in public service began in 1969 with his election as District Attorney for Dutchess County. He served two terms in this role before his election as Dutchess County Court Judge in 1976. After five years on the County Court, Judge Rosenblatt was elected to the New York State Supreme Court and was then appointed Chief Administrative Judge from 1987 to 1989. Following this post, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department of the New York Supreme Court, a position he held until his confirmation to the New York Court of Appeals.

Judge Rosenblatt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Harvard Law School (JD) and is the author and editor of several books, most recently Opening Statements, a collection of essays on the legal history and impacts of New York’s Dutch colonial period, and is currently at work on a publication on the Lemmon Slave Case.

Thomas J. Ruller has held the position of New York State Archivist since 2015. He has been an active professional and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews on the use of technology in Archives and the preservation of records in electronic form.   He has been a consultant for several State governments and other organizations focusing on electronic records management and preservation.

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