Legal History Roundtable

In the fall of 2020, the Boston College Law School Legal History Roundtable begins its 19th successful year. The Roundtable draws on Boston College Law School’s and Boston College’s strength and interest in legal history. It offers an opportunity for Boston College faculty and faculty from other area institutions, students, and members of the Boston College community to meet and discuss a pre-circulated paper in legal history. Meeting several times each semester, the Roundtable seeks to promote an informal, collegial atmosphere of informed discussion.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor Daniel R. Coquillette, Professor Frank Herrmann and Professor Daniel Farbman are conveners.

The Roundtable has typically met several times during the semester in the afternoon at 4:30 pm in the Library Conference Room of the Boston College Law School Library, with refreshments available beginning at 4:15 pm. Note: due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Roundtable events this year will be held online.

Papers will be available and linked below when appropriate before each presentation.

Fall 2020

Friday, September 18 at Noon (Webinar)

“The Equal Rights Amendment: A Constitution Day Conversation”
Cosponsored with the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy
Registration link coming soon

Please join Professor Mary Bilder as she welcomes Professor and Dean Julie Suk and Professor Katharine Young to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment. Professor Suk is author of the just published, We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment. Professor Young is the editor of Constituting Economic and Social Rights (Oxford University Press, 2012.

Julie Chi-hye Suk is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Liberal Studies and Dean for Master’s Programs at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is also a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. 

Katharine Young is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School and editor of The Future of Economic and Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and The Public Law of Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2016) (with Kim Rubenstein).

Mary Bilder is Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School and the author of the forthcoming, The Lady and George Washington: Female Genius in the Age of the Constitution.
 

Friday, October 16 at Noon (Webinar)

“Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All: A Conversation with Professor Martha Jones”
Cosponsored with the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy
Registration link coming soon

Please join Professor Mary Bilder and Professor Dan Farbman as they welcome Martha S. Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. 

Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for the best book in civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American legal history, and the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award for the best book in Anglo-American legal history.
 

Friday November 13 at Noon (Webinar)

"In Congress We Trust?: Enforcing Voting Rights from the Founding to the Jim Crow Era"
Cosponsored with the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy
Registration link coming soon

Please join Professor Mary Bilder and Professor Dan Farbman as they welcome Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law, to discuss her forthcoming book and the election.

Tolson's scholarship and teaching focus on the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history and employment discrimination. She has written on a wide range of topics including partisan gerrymandering, political parties, the Elections Clause, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Her research has appeared in leading law reviews including the Yale Law JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewVanderbilt Law Review and Boston University Law Review

As a nationally recognized expert in election law, Vice Dean Tolson has written for or appeared as a commentator for various mass media outlets including The New York TimesReuters and Bloomberg Law. She has testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. She has also authored a legal analysis for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Richard Durbin, that would explicitly protect the right to vote. Vice Dean Tolson currently works as an election law analyst for CNN and co-hosts an election themed podcast, Free and Fair with Franita and Foley, with Ned Foley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  

Spring 2021
 

Schedule coming soon

 

  • Lael Weinberger, Harvard Law School, Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow 2019-20
  • Erin Braatz, Suffolk Law School
  • Kunal Parker, Professor and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami Law School
  • Martha Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bryan Garner, Law Prose, Inc.
  • Logan Sawyer, Professor of Law, University of Georgia
  • Jane Manners, Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellow, New-York Historical Society
  • William Sullivan, Professor of Law and Executive Director, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University Law School
  • Mitra Sharafi, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ajay K. Mehrota, Professor of Law and Executive Director, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University Law School
  • Professor Daniel Ernst, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Professor Anna Lvovsky, Harvard Law School
  • Nikolas Bowie, Reginald Lewis Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School
  • Professor James Whitman, Yale University, Law School
  • Professor Malick Ghachem, MIT History Department
  • Professor Eric Muller, Moore Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina Law School
  • Professor Michael Vorenberg, Brown University, History Department
  • Hannah Farber, Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston College History Department
  • Professor Mary Beth Basile Chopas, UNC Law School
  • Professor Samantha Barbas, SUNY-Buffalo Law School
  • Professor John Fabian Witt, Yale Law School
  • Professor Daniel J. Sharfstein, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Professor Stewart Jay, University of Washington School of Law
  • Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School Ph.D. candidate
  • Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Harvard Law School
  • Brad Snyder, Professor of Law at University of WisconsinRobert Gordon, Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Peter Pihos, dissertation completion fellow at Penn's School of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniel Klerman, Professor of Law at USC Law School
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University
  • Emily Kadens, Baker and Botts Professor in Law at the University of Texas Austin
  • Sir John Baker, St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Anne Fleming, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
  • Michael Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law, University of Kansas
  • Pauline R. Maier, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, MIT
  • Jack Rakove, William Robertson Co Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford Law School
  • Gerard N. Magliocca, Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis
  • Hon. Margaret H. Marshall, MA Supreme Judicial Court
  • Aniceto Masferrer, Professor of Legal History, University of Valencia and President, the Society for Comparative Legal History' (ESCLH)
  • Kristen Stilt, Northwestern University Law School
  • Abigail Chandler, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Hendrick Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty of Princeton University
  • Jedidiah Kroncke, Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Fellow, Harvard Law School
  • Intisar Rabb, Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Professor Kif Augustine-Adams, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU
  • Professor Bernard Bailyn, Harvard University
  • Karen Beck, Curator of Rare Books, Boston College Law School
  • Professor Warren Billings, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, University of New Orleans History Department
  • Professor Barbara Black, Columbia Law School
  • Professor Susanna Blumenthal, University of Michigan Law School
  • Professor Emeritus Morris Cohen, Yale University Law School
  • Professor Kristin Collins, Boston University Law School
  • Professor Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut History Department
  • Professor Christine Desan, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Charles Donahue, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Mary Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science, University of Southern California
  • Professor William B. Gould IV, Stanford University Law School
  • Professor Ariela Gross, University of Southern California Law School
  • Professor Paul Halliday, University of Virginia History Department
  • Professor Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago Law School
  • Professor Francis R. Herrmann, S.J., Boston College Law School
  • Professor Marilynn Johnson, Boston College History Department
  • Professor Bernie D. Jones, Suffolk University Law School
  • Professor Carolyn Jones, University of Iowa Law School
  • Professor Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Linda Kerber, University of Iowa History Department
  • Professor Ken Kersch, Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
  • Professor Marjorie Kornhauser, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Professor Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law
  • Professor Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Joyce Malcolm, Bentley College History Department
  • Professor Ray Madoff, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
  • Dr. Maeva Marcus, Editor of the Documentary History of the Supreme Court
  • Professor Jennifer Mnookin, University of Virginia Law School
  • Professor William Nancarrow, Curry College History Department (former Ph.D. candidate at Boston College)
  • Professor James Oldham, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Professor Ileana Porras, Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School
  • Professor James Rogers, Boston College Law School
  • Professor David Seipp, Boston University Law School
  • Professor Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
  • Mr. Anthony Taussig, London
  • Dean William Treanor, Fordham University Law School
  • Professor Russell Versteeg, New England School of Law
  • Dr. Michael von der Linn, Antiquarian Book Department, Law Book Exchange
  • Professor Robert Williams, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Professor Michael Wilrich, Brandeis University History Department