Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America

January 23, 2020 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Clark County Public Library
370 South Burns Avenue Winchester KY 40391
Julie Maruskin
(859) 744-5661

Bourbon whiskey has made a surprising contribution to American legal history. Tracking the history of bourbon and bourbon law illuminates the development of the United States as a nation, from conquering the wild frontier to rugged individualism to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit to solidifying itself as a nation of laws. Bourbon is responsible for the growth and maturation of many substantive areas of the law, such as trademark, breach of contract, fraud, governmental regulation and taxation, and consumer protection.

Brian Haara will delve into the legal history behind one of America’s most treasured spirits to uncover a past fraught with lawsuits whose outcome, surprisingly perhaps, helped define a nation.More than just true bourbon history, this is part of the American story.

If you would like to join us for dinner, please arrive by 6:15 PM with a dish to share. If you would prefer to just hear the program, please arrive a few minutes before 7. Either way, space is limited so you must register to attend by coming in, calling 744-5661, or visiting