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Legal History Workshop

The Legal History Workshop, presented by Professor William Novak, features weekly presentations by leading scholars from around the country producing current and cutting-edge work in this interdisciplinary field of inquiry. The core of the workshop is the group of 15 or so seminar students taking the workshop for course credit at the Law School. But the workshop is also open to the academic community at large, and most weeks it will be attended by interested faculty from the Law School as well as faculty and graduate students from a number of other University Departments. 

All sessions meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Hutchins Hall, Room 138, unless otherwise noted. Individual presentation papers are circulated one week in advance and may be obtained by contacting Marielle Toonen at mtoonen@umich.edu

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September 10, 2019
Julian Davis Mortenson, University of Michigan Law School
"The Executive Power Clause of the U.S. Constitution"

September 17, 2019
Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"Staying in Place: The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church and Church Property after the Civil War"

September 24, 2019
Emily Prifogle, University of Michigan Law School
"Winks, Whispers, and Prosecutorial Discretion in Rural Iowa, 1925-1928"

October 1, 2019
Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University History Department
"The How of Why We Remember Roger Brooke Taney"

October 8, 2019
Stephen W. Sawyer, American University of Paris
"Was There a Democratic Tradition in Revolutionary France?"

October 22, 2019
Katrina Jagodinsky, University of Nebraska History Department
"Habeas Corpus & Liberty in the American West"

October 29, 2019
Kate Masur, University of Northwestern History Department
"A House Divided: Free African Americans, Migration, and Citizenship (1847-1859)"

November 5, 2019
Sam Erman, USC School of Law
"Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire"

November 12, 2019
Sarah Seo, University of Iowa Law School
"Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom"

November 19, 2019
Kate Andrias, University of Michigan Law School
"An American Approach to Social Democracy: The Forgotten Promise of the Fair Labor Standards Act"

November 26, 2019
Dan Crane, University of Michigan Law School
"Fascism and Monopoly"