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Green, Thomas A.

John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus

968 Legal Research
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E-mail tagreen@umich.edu
Thomas A. Green, the John P. Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus and professor emeritus of history, is a graduate of Columbia University. He received a PhD in history from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He taught medieval and English history at Bard College. At Michigan, he taught English and American legal history to both law students and to students of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. His primary research interest is the history of criminal law. Within that field he emphasizes the cultural foundations of law and legal institutions, with a main emphasis on the social and intellectual history of the criminal trial jury and ideas regarding criminal responsibility. He is the author of Verdict According to Conscience: Perspectives on the English Criminal Trial Jury, 1200-1800 (1985), "Freedom and Criminal Responsibility in the Age of Pound" (Michigan Law Review, June 1995), and editor of Studies in Legal History, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History. Professor Green is also the co-editor of On the Laws and Customs of England: Essays in Honor of Samuel E. Thorne (1981) and Twelve Good Men and True: The Criminal Trial Jury, 1200-1800 (1988). He is currently working on the history of the American criminal trial jury and criminal responsibility. He came to Michigan in 1972.

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Freedom and Criminal Responsibility in American Legal Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.‚Äč

"Conventional Morality and the Rule of Law: Freedom, Responsibility and the Criminal Trial Jury in American Legal Thought, 1900-60." In Transformations in American Legal History: Law, Ideology and Methods--Essays in Honor of Morton J. Horwitz, edited by A. Brophy and D. Hamilton, vol. 2, 254-70. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.
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