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    08.18.15 Brooklyn Law School to Host Magna Carta Exhibit and Symposium
    Magna Carta Enduring Legacy

    International traveling exhibit to commemorate 800th anniversary of Magna Carta will be open to public at the Law School and Brooklyn Borough Hall Sept. 14-28

    Brooklyn Law School will serve as the official host when a traveling exhibit commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta comes to New York City from Sept. 14-28. The exhibit, “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” is presented by the American Bar Association in partnership with the Library of Congress and its Law Library.

    The exhibit will be open to the public on the first floor of Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, Sept. 14-19. Public viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit will then move to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where it will be open to the public from Sept. 21-28. School and community groups are especially welcomed to visit the exhibit.   

    “Magna Carta, as it was repeatedly revised and interpreted over the centuries, was integral to the creation of the American system of laws and still informs our nation’s commitment to securing the rights and liberties of all,” said Brooklyn Law School President and Dean Nicholas Allard. “Brooklyn is known as the ‘borough of immigrants’ and the ‘borough of churches,” and has long been a gateway to the American Dream for people of all backgrounds. So it is particularly fitting to host this major exhibit here.” 

    In conjunction with the exhibit, on Sept. 17 Brooklyn Law School will hold a special day-long symposium – From Runnymede to Philadelphia to Cyberspace: The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta – a global gathering of renowned legal scholars, authors, artists, historians, public officials, librarians, and archivists from around the world who will explore the continuing impact of this seminal document on U.S. law, civil rights and liberties, art, the role of libraries and archives in the Digital Age, and law and order in Cyberspace. The event is open to the public by RSVP.        

    Curated by the Library of Congress, the exhibit features 16 banners, 13 of which reflect impressive images of Magna Carta and precious manuscripts, books and other documents from the Library of Congress’ rare book collections. The exhibit also incorporates a video, produced by the Library of Congress, showing the law librarian and the exhibit curator handling selected materials depicted in the exhibit and explaining their significance. Since the exhibit was unveiled by the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress in August 2014, it has traveled to more than a dozen cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Philadelphia, Chicago, and London. 

    The principles found in Magna Carta, such as due process of law, played a fundamental role in establishing the supremacy of the law in constitutional, democratic societies, including concepts embraced by the Founding Fathers in the Bill of Rights. The importance of Magna Carta to American laws and freedoms was highlighted at the ABA Annual Meeting where Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. spoke of its significance. “When we talk about Magna Carta today, we’re not celebrating antiquated relics of a time long past,” he said. “Instead, we are referring to a small collection of provisions that express kernels of transcendent significance.”

    Allard called some of the ideas expressed in Magna Carta the “genomes that can be found in the DNA of America, as embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.”

    For more information about ABA’s “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” visit: