March 16: Trials & Error: Cassius Clay v. United States, The Trial of Muhammad Ali

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Presented by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society (, co-produced with the New York City Bar Association.

Thursday, March 16th, 2016 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

New York City Bar Association, 42 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

With the recent passing of legendary heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marsellus Clay, Jr.), Trials & Error revisits the 1971 Supreme Court opinion that nearly ended Ali’s career: Clay v. United States. After refusing induction into the military in 1967, and the Draft Board and a federal appeals court denying his request for conscientious objector status, Ali was stripped of his boxing license and heavyweight title. It took months of infighting within the chambers of the Supreme Court for eight Justices to unanimously rule that Clay’s religious objection to war, as a Muslim, was valid.

Join us for a discussion with Thomas Krattenmaker, who was the law clerk to Justice John Marshall Harlan who served on the Supreme Court during that term, Ali’s appellate attorney, Jonathan Shapiro, leading Ali biographer, Thomas Hauser, and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress and choreographer Rosie Perez.

CLE credit: This live program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys.

New York: 1.5 Professional Practice; California: 1.5 General MCLE; New Jersey: 1.5 General MCLE; Pennsylvania: 1.0 General MCLE



Special Discounts*:
Non-attorneys: $49
To take advantage of this discount, please call 212-382-6663, provide Regcode TRIEM1 and tell them you are non-attorney registrant.
Past Trials & Error attendees (attorney & non-attorney): $49
To take advantage of this discount, please call 212-382-6663, provide Regcode TRIEM1 and the name of the past Trials & Error program you attended.
*Discounts are only available for new registrants and cannot be applied to prior registrations. You must call and register to take advantage of this discount.