The Legacy of Clay v. United States, Cosponsored with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum- April 27 & 28, 2021 - Up to 6.6 hours elimination of bias or ethics

April marks the 50th Anniversary of "Cassius Clay v. The United States" Supreme Court Case opening arguments.  Muhammad Ali (a.ka. Cassius Clay), sacrificed his championship boxing career by objecting military service during the Vietnam War.  He fought his restrictions all the way to the Supreme Court, leaving an important social and legal legacy.


CLE credit: Missouri 6.6 hours elimination of bias & cultural competency credit / Kansas 6.5 hours

*Other jurisdictions upon request.

Contact UMKC CLE at UMKCCLE@UMKC.EDU or call 816-235-1648


Cost:    CLE registrants $150

NLBM members and students FREE


Schedule (all times Central Standard Time)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

8:00 am             Webcast Access

8:30 am             Welcome and Introductions

                             Raymond Doswell & Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum                

9:00 a.m.           The Ali Legacy

Thomas Hauser, (attorney, author, and primary Ali biographer)

Prof. Kenneth D. Ferguson, Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law

10:15 am          Break

10:30 a.m.        The Conscientious Objector Law -History and Significance

                             Moderator: Dr. Brent Filbert, University of Missouri Law School

                             Colonel John Rothwell, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army

12 noon            Adjourn            


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

8:30 a.m.           Webcast Access

9:00 a.m.           Civil Rights, War, and Resistance

                             Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Davis, UMKC History

                             Dr. Malachi Crawford (author, Black Muslims and the Law: Civil Liberties from Elijah Muhammad to Muhammad Ali)

                             Dr. Daniel Lucks (author: Selma to Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War)        

10:15 a.m.        Break

10:30 a.m.        Clay v. United States-Case and History 

                             Moderator Shari Crittendon, Chief General Counsel, Kansas State University

                             Leigh Montville (author, STING LIKE A BEE: MUHAMMAD ALI VS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1966-1971)

                             Thomas Krattenmaker (Clerk to Justice Harlan)

                             Jonathan Shapiro (attorney for Ali during the Supreme Court Case)


12 noon             Adjourn






April 27th, 2021 8:30 AM   through   April 28th, 2021 12:15 PM
United States
Event Fee(s)
attorneys for CLE credit $ 150.00
non-attorneys, NLBM members and students $ 0.00

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