ABF/Northwestern Legal History Colloquium

This is an advanced seminar that brings together outside scholars, faculty and fellows affiliated with the American Bar Foundation, and Northwestern faculty and students for an exchange of views about innovative research and works-in-progress in legal history. During eight class weeks, we host a faculty workshop where a leading scholar presents a work-in-progress or a recently completed portion of a larger research project. During the other classes, we prepare for the forthcoming scholar-led workshop or discuss the different methods of historical analysis. The papers presented at the workshop reflect a variety of legal history topics and methods, including socio-legal history, economic histories, global histories of law, and research in the history of legal ideas. The workshops themselves are attended not only by the students, but also by members of the faculty of the School of Law and of other schools and departments within Northwestern, ABF-affiliated scholars, and legal historians from all Chicago-area universities. Through the discussion at the workshop presenters receive valuable feedback and suggestions for how to expand or improve their research while Northwestern Law and ABF students and faculty gain a broader view of novel works in legal history.

Fall 2019

Organized by Professors Nadav Shoked and Ajay K. Mehrotra

All sessions take place on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 18

Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law
Juana de Godinez: Navigating Freedom Inside the Cloistered Households of Religious Women in Colonial Lima

September 25
Timothy H. Lovelace, Jr., Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Racial Discrimination as a Public Problem

October 9
Claire Priest, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America

October 16
Daniel Ernst, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal History, Georgetown Law
Reefs and Shoals

October 23
John F. Witt, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Garland’s Million: The Radical Experiment to Save American Democracy

October 30
Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Assistant Professor of Law, Penn Law
Racialized Help: Legal Aid and the Institution of Slavery

November 13
Kara Swanson, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Patent Law’s Hidden Figures:  Race, Memory and Invention of a Slave

November 20
Anna di Robilant, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
The Tensions of Absolute Property