Creating the Declaration of Independence
Lawyer Dave Shestokas will discuss his new book, Creating the Declaration of Independence, which takes you to the weeks before July 4, 1776, and into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
Dave Shestokas, J.D., is an attorney who views his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution as his duty to truly understand the text of the document, as well as the philosophy behind it. He will discuss his latest book, Creating the Declaration of Independence, which takes you into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson in the weeks before July 4, 1776. Experience Lee’s trepidation as he knows when he proposes American Independence to the Second Continental Congress that he is literally risking beheading. Join Adams and Jefferson at City Tavern as they begin crafting the Declaration and follow the story of how Jefferson came to reluctantly draft the Declaration when few others, including Adams, thought Jefferson’s assignment was important. Shestokas will even tell us of a shortcut Jefferson used to craft a document of such immortality on such short notice and how that shortcut affects the work of the U.S. Supreme Court even today.
David ShestokasDavid Shestokas is an attorney licensed in Illinois and Florida and author of Constitutional Sound Bites and Creating the Declaration of Independence Shestokas earned his B.A. in political science from Bradley University and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, while serving on the The John Marshall Law Review. He studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Shestokas founded the Law Office of David Shestokas in November 1987. After practicing in areas such as criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, and business financing, he later served as assistant state’s attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago from 1994 to 1998, involved in more than 10,000 criminal prosecutions. During that time, he also worked on the Felony Review Unit, participating in police investigations and making charging decisions in more than 400 felony matters. In 1992, after the Republic of Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union, Shestokas joined attorneys of Lithuanian heritage from around the world as a member of the First World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers. The Lithuanian president, government officials, and Lithuanian Bar worked with that Congress to restore the rule of law and a constitutional government after four generations of Soviet occupation. Along with volunteering at the Salvation Army providing pro bono legal services for the homeless, Shestokas also has given his time at the Quality Life Center to educate at-risk youth about the values ingrained in America’s Founding.