Joshua R. Giddings: The Forgotten Abolitionist of the Western Reserve


Bob Storey

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Event Description

Joshua R. Giddings: The Forgotten Abolitionist of the Western Reserve Sponsors: Social Justice Law Center; Black Law Student Association; and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Event is free to attend virtually.

1.5 hours of CLE credit, pending approval.

A historical account of the life of Joshua R. Giddings, an under-sung champion of emancipation and slavery abolition. Storey will account Giddings’ life and his legal battles as an anti-slavery member of the United States House of Representatives from 1838-1859 who opposed the Seminole War, the Mexican War, the Fugitive Slave Law, slavery in the District of Columbia, and the Kansas- Nebraska Act. Giddings also supported the Underground Railroad and was a founder of the Republican Party.

Speaker Biography

Storey began his career as an attorney with East Ohio Gas in 1964. In 1966, he served became the Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Storey was a partner at the Cleveland-based legal firm of McDonald, Hopkins, Burke & Haber, LPA. He had joined its predecessor in 1967 and became a partner in 1971. Storey became a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine, LLP. Storey was a director of The May Department Stores Company. He served on the board of directors of Procter & Gamble from 1988 until 2006, and he was Chairman of the Public Policy Committee and member of the Board Organization and Nominating Committee. Storey was a director of Verizon Communications from 2000 to 2008. He served on the board of directors of Verizon's predecessor GTE beginning in 1985. Storey served as a trustee at Spelman College, The Kresge Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Phillips Exeter Academy, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. He also served on Harvard University's Board of Overseers. He served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 1987 to 1990.

Lecture Series

Social Justice Law Center

Subject Headings

Joshua R. Giddings; Western Reserve abolitionist


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