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James Boyd White

James Boyd White joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1983.  


James Boyd White is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Graduate School, where he obtained an M.A. 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 and an adjunct professor of classical studies as well as the L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law. 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, forthcoming in 2006, both Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force and an edited volume, How Should We Talk About Religion?

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Memorials & Tributes

*   "Interview with James Boyd White", 105 Mich. L. Rev. 1403 (2006-2007)

*   Bollinger, Lee C. "The Imagination of James Boyd White", 105 Mich. L. Rev. 1387 (2006-2007)

*   Gaakeer, Jeanne. "Educative Friendship -- A Personal Note", 105 Mich. L. Rev. 1389 (2006-2007)

*   Powell, H. Jefferson. "A Teacher", 105 Mich. L. Rev. 1393 (2006-2007)

*   West, Robin. "Speech, Silence, and Ethical Lives in the Law", 105 Mich. L. Rev. 1397 (2006-2007)

Law Quadrangle Notes Articles

*    "Strengthening Preeminence", 28 L. Quadrangle Notes 8-10 (Winter, 1984).

*    "Seats of Honor", 30 L. Quadrangle Notes 1-2 (Fall, 1985).

*    "White, Ponoroff Win Teaching Awards", 40 L. Quadrangle Notes 24 (Summer, 1997).

*    "James B. White on American Higher Education", 41 L. Quadrangle Notes 36 (Fall/Winter, 1998).

*    "New Book Uses White's Work to Analyze Law and Literature Movement", 42 L. Quadrangle Notes 44-45 (Spring, 1999).

*    "Scholars Honor James Boyd White: 'With this prize...'", 48 L. Quadrangle Notes 27 (Summer, 2005).

*    "White Raises Bar Competition for Michigan Society of Fellows" 48 L. Quadrangle Notes 30 (Winter/Spring, 2006).

*    "James Boyd White and the Power and Pitfalls of Language", 49 L. Quadrangle Notes 37-38 (Fall, 2006).

*    "A Bittersweet Celebration", 50 L. Quadrangle Notes 88 (Summer, 2008).


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