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Mary Sarah Bilder

founders professor of law

 

Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Telephone: 617-552-0648
mary.bilder@bc.edu  

 

 


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BACKGROUND

Professor Mary Sarah Bilder teaches in the areas of property, trusts and estates, and American legal and constitutional history at Boston College Law School. She received her B.A. with Honors (English) and the Dean’s Prize from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and her A.M. (History) and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization/American Studies. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Francis Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Her recent work has focused on the history of the Constitution, James Madison and the Founders, the history of judicial review, and colonial and founding era constitutionalism. Professor Bilder is a member of the American Law Institute, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (inactive status) and the State Bar of Wisconsin (inactive status). She was given the Emil Slizewski Faculty Teaching Award in 2007 and was named Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar in 2009. She was named the Founders Professor of Law in 2016.

Her most recent book, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, was awarded the 2016 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, the James C. Bradford Prize for Biography from the Society for Historians of the Early Republic, and was named a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. Richard Beeman, author of Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, called it "an exceptionally important piece of work that will have a profound impact on all future work on the Constitutional Convention." Read more reviews.

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EDUCATION

B.A. with Honors, University of Wisconsin at Madison
J.D., A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

COURSES

Fall 2016: Constitutional History: The Framing, American Legal History
Spring 2017: Property