John Remington Graham will deliver a free public lecture, "The Political Legacy of William Jennings Bryan," as part of the 14th edition of the annual Phi Alpha Literary Society’s lecture series. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in Sibert Theatre at Illinois College.
Graham is an experienced trial lawyer and former professor of law. A founding professor of Hamline University School of Law, he has worked as a federal public defender and an advisor to the amicus curiae for Quebec in the Quebec secession case of 1998. He frequently lectures on the constitutionality of secession. He was also an advisor on questions concerning constitutional law and equitable remedies to the Minnesota State Board of Bar Examiners and is an occasional lecturer in comparative British, American and Canadian constitutional law at Laval University.
Graham earned a bachelor of arts degree and bachelor of law degree from the University of Minnesota. He was admitted to the bar of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1967 and to the bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1971. He has written several books including, Blood Money: The Civil War and the Federal Reserve; A Constitutional History of Secession; Free, Sovereign and Independent States; and Principles of Confederacy: The Vision and the Dream & the Fall of the South.
The annual Phi Alpha Lecture Series began in 1997 with a presentation by the late United States Senator Paul Simon. Oratory has been a large part of Phi Alpha Literary Society’s tradition since the group’s founding in 1845. Many noted speakers and public servants have spoken to the society including Abraham Lincoln who traveled to Jacksonville in 1859 to give the address, “Inventions and Discoveries.”