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Legal History Workshop Archive

The Legal History Workshop, presented by Professors Kate Andrias 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 2015 Schedule

September 9, 2015
Special session co-sponsored by the Law & Economics Workshop
NOTE: This session will be held in Hutchins Hall Room 132
Claire Lemercier, CNRS and Sciences Po (Paris)
"How do Businessmen Like Their Courts? Evidence from Mid-19th Century France, England, and New York City"

September 22, 2015
Eric Foner, Columbia University (with guest commentator Tiya Miles, University of Michigan)
"Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad"

September 29, 2015
Sara Mayeux, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"The 'Progressive' Public Defender (and Its Alternatives) in Los Angeles, 1914-1949"

October 6, 2015
Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan
"'Acts of Ownership and Authority': The Enslavement of Eulalie Oliveau"

October 13, 2015
Tom Romero, Strum College of Law, University of Denver
"Water, Water Everywhere...and No Where: Bridging the Confluence of Water and Immigration Law"

October 27, 2015
Charlotte Walker-Said, John Jay College, CUNY
"Faith, Power, and Family: Law and Christianity in Interwar Cameroon"

November 3, 2015
Kunal Parker, University of Miami School of Law
"Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America",/p>

November 17, 2015
Amanda Alexander, University of Michigan
"'The Authorities Cannot Meet Demand': Prison Labor, Pass Laws, and Agricultural Development in Apartheid South Africa"

November 24, 2015
H. Timothy Lovelace, Indiana University Mauer School of Law
"The World is on Our Side: The U.S. Origins of the United Nation's Race Convention"

December 3, 2015
NOTE: This session will be held in Hutchins Hall Room 236
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Harvard Law School
"The Honorable Constance Baker Motley: A Biography"

Fall 2013 Schedule

September 17, 2013
Daniel 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, 2013
Herbert Hovenkamp, Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair, University of Iowa College of Law
"The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought, 1870-1970"

October 1, 2013
Meeting together with LAW 651: Economic Analysis of Law
Naomi 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, 2013
ohn 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, 2013
Fall break—No session

October 22, 2013
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford University
"Administrative War"

October 29, 2013
Gary Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, Vanderbilt University
"Exemption, Surrogacy, Voluntarism: Strategies of Liberal Governance in America, 1860-1920"

November 5, 2013
Barry Cushman, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Notre Dame University
"Carolene Products and Constitutional Structure"

November 12, 2013
Catherine 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, 2013
William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School
"The Public Utility Idea and the Origins of Modern Business Regulation"

November 26, 2013
Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard Newcomen Fellow, Harvard Business School
"Institutional Economics and Managed Competition, 1920-1940"

Winter 2013 Schedule

February 5, 2013
Al Brophy, University of North Carolina Law School
"University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought and Jurisprudence in the Old South"

February 19, 2013
Leigh Ann Wheeler, Binghamton University
"'Are You Free to Read, See, and Hear?': Creating Consumer Rights Out of the First Amendment, 1940s-1960s"

February 26, 2013
Felice Batlan, Chicago-Kent Law School
"Gendering Legal Aid: Lawyers, Social Workers, and the Poor, 1863-1960"

March 19, 2013
Karen Tani, UC Berkley Law School
"Administering Citizenship: The 'Indian Problem' in the Age of the Federal Grant"

March 26, 2013
Paul 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, 2013
Christine Desan, Harvard Law School
"Making Modern Money: Producing the Private as a Matter of Public Design"

April 9, 2013
Steven Pincus, Yale University Department of History
"The Interventionist State: Wars and State Formation in Britain and its Empire"

April 16, 2013
Elizabeth 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

January 31, 2012
Michael Vorenberg, Brown University
"Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance, Law, and the American Civil War"

February 14, 2012
Chris 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, 2012
Nick Parillo, Yale Law School
"Against the Profit Motive: The Transformation of American Government, 1780-1940"

March 6, 2012
Sophia Lee, Penn Law School
"The Workplace Constitution: Race, Labor, and Conservative Politics from the New Deal to the New Right"

March 13, 2012
Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
"Civil Liberties After 1937—The Justices and the Theories"

March 20, 2012
Adriaan Lanni, Harvard Law School
"Law and Order in Classical Athens"

March 27, 2012
John Hudson, University of St. Andrews/Michigan Law

April 3, 2012
Veronica Santarosa, Michigan Law
"Financing Long-Distance Trade Without Banks: The Joint Liability Rule and Bills of Exchange in 18th-Century France"

April 10, 2012
Sara McDougall, CUNY/John Jay College
"Husbands, Wives, and Adultery in Late-Medieval France"

Fall 2010 schedule

September 20, 2010
Pamela Brandwein
University of Michigan, Department of Political Science

September 27, 2010
Ariela Gross
University of Southern California School of Law

September 30, 2010
Eric Foner
Columbia University, Department of History

October 11, 2010
Lauren Benton
New York University, Department of History

October 25, 2010
Sam Erman
U.S. Supreme Court Clerk

November 1, 2010
Christopher Capozzola
MIT Department of History

November 8, 2010
John Witt
Yale Law School

November 22, 2010
Serena Mayeri
University of Pennsylvania Law School

November 29, 2010
David Garland
NYU Law School

December 6, 2010
Robert Gordon
Yale University Law School