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“Meet the Authors” Program on November 20 to Feature Professors Gary Francione and George Thomas

November 06, 2008 – 

Gary L. Francione and George C. Thomas III, professors of law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and nationally prominent scholars and authors, will read from and discuss their new books at a “Meet the Authors” event sponsored by the Friends of the Rutgers Law Library. The program will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 20. 

Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, has taught animal rights and the law for 25 years and has written numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law. In his latest book, Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (Columbia University Press, 2008), he argues that true animal rights can only be realized by ending the property status of all sentient non-humans. Further, says Francione, the only logical and moral choice for individuals who support this abolitionist position is to go vegan.

Thomas, Professor of Law and Judge Alexander P. Waugh, Sr. Distinguished Scholar, is one of the nation’s most distinguished law scholars and an expert on double jeopardy and Miranda rights. In The Supreme Court on Trial: How the American Justice System Sacrifices Innocent Defendants (University of Michigan Press, 2008), he argues that due process is essentially about protecting innocent suspects and defendants and that the current system too often fails at protecting the innocent. Drawing on history and comparative law, particularly the French system, Thomas shows that the U.S. system is not nearly as good as it could be and offers a realistic blueprint for reform.

What: "Meet the Authors" 
Who: Professor Gary L. Francione, author of Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation, and Professor George C. Thomas III, author of The Supreme Court on Trial: How the American Justice System Sacrifices Innocent Defendants
When: 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 20, 2008
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
RSVP: Elaine Giordano at egiordano@kinoy.rutgers.edu or 973-353-3121