Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekend Roundup

  • The National History Center of the American Historical Association is launching an initiative entitled Historians on the Hill.  It aims to identify Congressional staffers who hold history degrees.  The Center asks history degree-holders currently working on Capitol Hill to complete this survey.
  • If you're interested in originalism, follow the link to the judicial politics blog Balls and Strikes, where Calvin TerBeek has used Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions to reflect on the health of the originalist project (spoiler alert: he says it's doomed).
  •  Via the New York Times: A new report by the the Equal Justice Initiative will change how we understand the history of lynchings in the U.S. (Hat tip: Torts Today)
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.


Shag from Brookline said...

Thanks to your "spoiler alert" I promptly linked to the article on the obituary on originalism. This brings to mind: The King is Dead; Long Live the King. After all, originalism was dealing with the dead hands of the Founders/Framers/Ratifiers. Rest in Peace.

Dan Ernst said...

I sometimes think that some brave soul should attempt a history of academic originalism along the lines of Steven Teles's chapters on law and economics in The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement. And then I think, "Too soon."

Shag from Brookline said...

I like Dan's thought. It may be too soon to publish but not too soon to start on the research.

Over at Larry Solum's Legal Theory Blog a link is provided to Kurt Lash's "Safe Harbor Originalism" and I am curious as to reactions of historians, legal and otherwise. Lash's 4 steps seem aimed more at academics than the courts. Perhaps some may test opinions of Justices Scalia and/or Thomas with the safe harbor 4 steps to test their versions of originaism but may find themselves in turbulent high seas.