Legal History Workshop Archive
The Legal History Workshop, presented by Professors Martha Jones and William Novak, features presentations by leading scholars from around the country who work in this interdisciplinary field. Presentations will focus on legal developments in social, political, intellectual, and cultural context, exploring a range of substantive and methodological questions arising in the course of legal-historical work.
Fall 2013 Schedule
September 17, 2013Daniel Crane, Frederick Paul Furth, Sr. Professor of Law, University of Michigan"The Dissociation of Incorporation and Regulation in the Progressive Era and New Deal"
September 24, 2013Herbert Hovenkamp, Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair, University of Iowa College of Law"The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought, 1870-1970"
October 1, 2013Meeting together with LAW 651: Economic Analysis of LawNaomi Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics & History, Yale University"Contractual Freedom and the Evolution of Corporate Governance in Britain, 1862 to 1929”
October 8, 2013ohn G.H. Hudson, William W. Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan"Maitland and Austin: Legal Philosophy and Legal History in Nineteenth-Century England"
October 15, 2013Fall break—No session
October 22, 2013Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford University"Administrative War"
October 29, 2013Gary Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, Vanderbilt University"Exemption, Surrogacy, Voluntarism: Strategies of Liberal Governance in America, 1860-1920"
November 5, 2013Barry Cushman, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Notre Dame University"Carolene Products and Constitutional Structure"
November 12, 2013Catherine Fisk, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine"Authors at Work: A Socio-Legal History of Writing for Hire in Twentieth Century Film, Television, and Advertising"
November19, 2013William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School"The Public Utility Idea and the Origins of Modern Business Regulation"
November 26, 2013Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard Newcomen Fellow, Harvard Business School"Institutional Economics and Managed Competition, 1920-1940"
Winter 2013 Schedule
February 5, 2013Al Brophy, University of North Carolina Law School"University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought and Jurisprudence in the Old South"
February 19, 2013Leigh Ann Wheeler, Binghamton University"'Are You Free to Read, See, and Hear?': Creating Consumer Rights Out of the First Amendment, 1940s-1960s"
February 26, 2013Felice Batlan, Chicago-Kent Law School"Gendering Legal Aid: Lawyers, Social Workers, and the Poor, 1863-1960"
March 19, 2013Karen Tani, UC Berkley Law School"Administering Citizenship: The 'Indian Problem' in the Age of the Federal Grant"
March 26, 2013Paul Brand, All Souls College, Oxford"Cui in vita sua contradicere non potuuit: Husbands, Wives, and Power Within the Family in Thirteenth Century England"
April 2, 2013Christine Desan, Harvard Law School"Making Modern Money: Producing the Private as a Matter of Public Design"
April 9, 2013Steven Pincus, Yale University Department of History"The Interventionist State: Wars and State Formation in Britain and its Empire"
April 16, 2013Elizabeth Hinton, University of Michigan Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Society of Fellows"Urban Policy as Crime Policy: The End of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the Rise of the Modern Carceral Complex"
Winter 2012 Schedule
TOPIC I: THEORY AND METHODJanuary 31, 2012Michael Vorenberg, Brown University"Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance, Law, and the American Civil War"
TOPIC II: LAW AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE WELFARE STATEFebruary 14, 2012Chris Schmidt, Chicago-Kent Law School"Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins, Legal Ambiguity, and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement"February 21, 2012Nick Parillo, Yale Law School"Against the Profit Motive: The Transformation of American Government, 1780-1940"March 6, 2012Sophia Lee, Penn Law School"The Workplace Constitution: Race, Labor, and Conservative Politics from the New Deal to the New Right"March 13, 2012Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School"Civil Liberties After 1937—The Justices and the Theories"
TOPIC III: EARLY LEGAL HISTORYMarch 20, 2012Adriaan Lanni, Harvard Law School"Law and Order in Classical Athens"March 27, 2012John Hudson, University of St. Andrews/Michigan LawApril 3, 2012Veronica Santarosa, Michigan Law"Financing Long-Distance Trade Without Banks: The Joint Liability Rule and Bills of Exchange in 18th-Century France"April 10, 2012Sara McDougall, CUNY/John Jay College"Husbands, Wives, and Adultery in Late-Medieval France"
Fall 2010 schedule
LAW, RACE, SLAVERY & RECONSTRUCTIONSeptember 20, 2010Pamela BrandweinUniversity of Michigan, Department of Political Science
September 27, 2010Ariela GrossUniversity of Southern California School of Law
September 30, 2010Eric FonerColumbia University, Department of History
LAW, WAR, EMPIRE October 11, 2010Lauren BentonNew York University, Department of History
October 25, 2010Sam ErmanU.S. Supreme Court Clerk
November 1, 2010Christopher CapozzolaMIT Department of History
November 8, 2010John WittYale Law School
CRITICAL THEORY AND HISTORYNovember 22, 2010Serena MayeriUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School
November 29, 2010David GarlandNYU Law School
December 6, 2010 Robert GordonYale University Law School
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