Center for Law and History Announces Fall Events

Lexington, VA • Monday, August 29, 2005

Lexington, VA • August 29, 2005 — The School of Law at Washington and Lee University announces the fall schedule of events for the W&L Center for Law and History, a cross-disciplinary initiative now in its third year.

The Center's Overseas Scholar Colloquium, which highlights the work in progress of an internationally distinguished historian from outside the United States, will feature Paul A. Brand, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Dr. Brand will present “Reconstructing What Went On in the English Medieval Courtroom: The Role of Lawyers, Justices and Litigants in the English Royal Courts c. 1300” on Monday, November 14 at 4:00pm in Classroom B.

This fall the Center will also sponsor three faculty workshops, designed to promote the discussion of scholarship in progress. On Friday, September 9, the Center welcomes Bruce P. Smith, Associate Professor of Law and Richard W. & Marie L. Corman Scholar at the University of Illinois, for a discussion of his work, “Miranda’s Paradoxical Prehistory.”  On Friday, October 7, David Lieberman, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law and History at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss “Jeremy Bentham’s Constitutional Code and the Politics of Information.” And finally, Rosemary A Stevens, Stanley I. Sheerr Professor Emerita in Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania will discuss “Medical Specialization in the United States” on Friday, November 4. Each workshop is held at noon in the Faculty Lounge of the School of Law.

The mission of the Center is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history.

The Center is directed by Thomas P. Gallanis, Professor of Law and Professor of History.

For more information, including details of the events for Spring Semester 2006, please visit the Center website.

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