America is “freedom” and “rights” – or so most of us say.
If pressed, we say we have “civil rights,” a ubiquitous category of entitlements going back to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or even the Magna Carta.
The Fourteenth Amendment (1868) gives this discussion its constitutional foundation. It expresses Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that “this country was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
The broadest and longest Civil War Amendment, the Fourteenth is the platform of many of today’s culture wars, as its framers intended.
Robert J. McWhirter has successfully tried over 100 criminal trials in Federal, state, and city courts. He is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of the bill of rights. He is a frequent guest on Arizona Horizon and KJZZ as a Constitutional expert and historian. Bob is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. For over six years, his peers have elected him to serve on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors.
Mr. McWhirter has international management experience having worked and continuing to work extensively in Latin America on justice reform. He is a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from the Barrett Honors College and a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Mr. McWhirter continues his private practice in criminal defense and testifies and provides expert advice on Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conviction and citizenship issues.
Bob McWhirter has many publications, the most recent of which “Fixing the Framers’ Failure: The13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and America’s New Birth of Freedom”, a copy of which will be given away to a Zoom or in-person attendee of Part 1 of this talk.
Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.