Racial biases have persisted in our society and the legal process can be used to counter those biases. The research that led Terrence Franklin to uncover that his fourth great-grandmother, Lucy, and her offspring were emancipated from slavery in a will from 1846 led him to dig deeper into how the probate process played an important role in his family’s fate. He will share how he uncovered the stories of three other black women, all contemporaries of Lucy, whose lives were deeply impacted by anti-racist legal strategies that played out in the probate courts of the antebellum south. Terry sketches their stories to inspire attendees to ask themselves how anti-racism might be applied to their professional practices.
0.5 hour of MCLE elimination of bias credit available.