St. Mary’s College Announces First Lecture in Inaugural “Historically Speaking” Lecture Series Featuring the Honorable Daniel A. Friedman, Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on August 27, 2020 - 3:59 pm
August 27, 2020
By Michael Bruckler

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Democracy and the St. Mary’s County Historical Society present the first speaker in the Inaugural “Historically Speaking” lecture series. Featuring the Honorable Daniel A. Friedman, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the lecture will take place virtually on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/historicallyspeaking.

Friedman’s lecture, titled “Who came first? State Declarations of Rights in the Revolutionary Era,” explores the evolution of legal and political rights during the revolutionary era and asks the following questions: What formed the basis for individual rights in the English colonies prior to and during the Revolutionary period? Which state, including those in the Chesapeake region, can lay claim to having been the first to develop a Declaration of Rights?

Friedman has been a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, At Large, since September 23, 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics, graduating magna cum laude in 1988. In 1994, he received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to Maryland Bar that same year and the District of Columbia Bar in 1997. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law since 1998. Friedman is the author of “The Maryland State Constitution: A Reference Guide” re-issued by Oxford University Press in 2011.

This lecture is the inaugural address in the St. Mary’s County Historical Society’s series, “Historically Speaking,” featuring lectures by scholars and researchers that shed new light on the political, social, cultural, and economic development of colonial Maryland. This event is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Department of History and the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy Antonio Ugues at augues@smcm.edu.

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