VANCOUVER  – Paul Finkelman, a specialist in American legal history and race, will be delivering two lectures at WSU on Jan. 29. Both lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in metered spaces or in the Blue Lot for $3 per day and free after 7p.m.

“Asian Immigration to the U.S.: The Chinese Exclusion Act and Gentleman’s Agreement,” 12-1:25 p.m. in Administration building, room 110.

“Law in the Service of Evil: How Southern Lawyers and Judges Defended Slavery,” 7-8:30 p.m. in Multimedia Classroom building, room 6.

On Jan. 30, Finkelman will also be running a workshop on slavery in U.S. history and the Dred Scott case for select Washougal history teachers through the Teaching American History Grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

Finkelman is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles plus more than 20 books. He is an expert in the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. His scholarship on religious monuments in public space was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry 2005. His work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs. For more information see http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.

For more information about Finkelman see http://www.albanylaw.edu/sub.php?navigation_id=157&user_id=90 .