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YLSA of Florida - Discussion with Professor John Fabian Witt ’99

Due to an unavoidable personal matter, Professor Macey ’82 will no longer be able to visit Miami for the June 5th event. Happily, John Fabian Witt ’99, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law and 2013 Pulitzer finalist, will speak in Professor Macey’s stead. See the NY Times review at:


The Yale Law School Association of Florida is pleased to invite you and your guests to a special reception and discussion with Professor John Fabian Witt '99.

TOPIC: "Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History"

In the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for US armies. It announced standards of conduct in wartime—concerning torture, prisoners of war, civilians, spies, and slaves—that shaped the course of the Civil War and became the basis for the laws of war the world over. But the code has posed lasting questions that historians and international lawyers have asked for a century and a half. Where did the code come from? Why would the Union have wanted to promulgate such a code? And what is the law of war?

WHO: John Fabian Witt '99, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2014

TIME: 6:30 Mix & Mingle (Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres served)
7:30 pm Talk/Q&A (Heavy hors d’oeuvres served)

WHERE: The home of John '75 and Sybil Barkett
Miami, Florida

COST: Due to the generosity of the Barketts, there is no cost to attend this event. However, pre-registration is required.

REGISTER: Please RSVP by Friday, May 30th by sending an email with your name, class year, and guest information to

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs by calling 203-432-1690 or sending an email to