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Ethics/Diversity - Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street | 9th Floor Cathedral Room, Chicago, IL 60603
Speaker: Terrence Franklin, Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP

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Terrence Franklin had been a trust and estate litigator, handling disputes including will contests for a quarter century, when he discovered a will contest from the 1840s that challenged the will of his white fourth great-grandfather that emancipated Terrence’s fourth great-grandmother and her children and grandchildren from slavery. This discovery led Terrence to define his mission, “To Bend the Arc of History Towards Justice” by sharing the story of his ancestors and other stories like them. In this presentation, Terrence recounts the riveting story of his ancestor Lucy Sutton and her fight in the courts to uphold the last will and testament, and he also profiles several other black women, contemporaries of Lucy, whose lives were also affected by antebelllum probate judges balancing racist public policies against the interests of white men seeking to direct how their property would be distributed.”   

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