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White, James Boyd

L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus

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James Boyd White is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Graduate School, where he obtained an MA in English. After graduation from law school, he spent a year as a Sheldon Fellow in Europe and then practiced law in Boston for two years. He began his teaching career at the University of Colorado Law School and moved in the mid-1970s to the University of Chicago, where he was a professor in the Law School, the College, and the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World. He served as a governor of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 1997-98 was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. At Michigan, he is a professor of English emeritus and the L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus. He is also a former chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. He has published numerous books: The Legal Imagination (1973), Constitutional Criminal Procedure (with James Scarboro, 1976), When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community (1984), Heracles' Bow: Essays in the Rhetoric and Poetics of the Law (1985), Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism (1990), "This Book of Starres": Learning to Read George Herbert (1994), Acts of Hope: The Creation of Authority in Literature, Law, and Politics (1994). From Expectation to Experience: Essays on Law and Legal Education (2000), The Edge of Meaning (2001); and in 2006, both Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force and an edited volume, How Should We Talk About Religion?

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"The Creation of Authority in a Sermon by Saint Augustine." In Legal Affinities: Explorations in the Legal Form of Thought, edited by P. M. Brennan, H. J. Powell, and J. L. Sammons, 61-77. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.​

"The Cultural Background of 'The Legal Imagination'." In Teaching Law and Literature, edited by A. Sarat, C. Frank, and M. Anderson. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.
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"An Old-Fashioned View of the Nature of Law." Theoretical Inquiries L. 12, no. 1 (2011): 381-402.
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"The Creation of Authority in a Sermon by St. Augustine." Vill. L. Rev. 55, no. 6 (2010): 1129-42.
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"The 'Legal Imagination' and the Beginning of Modern Law and Literature." In Teaching Law Through the Looking Glass of Literature, edited by B. Pozzo, 9-24. Berne, Switzerland: Stämpfli Publishers Ltd., 2010.

"Law, Economics, and Torture." In Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force, edited by H.J. Powell and J.B. White, 265-84. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2009.
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Co-editor. Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force. H.J. Powell, co-editor. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2009.
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