- The Historical Society of the DC Circuit has a quite competent history Calmly to Poise the Scales of Justice: A History of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit by Jeffrey Brandon Morris. Recently, the Society posted on its website the full text of two earlier histories completed in 1976: An Anecdotal History of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, by District Court Judge Mathew F. McGuire, and History of The United States Court of Appeals for The District of Columbia Circuit in The Country's Bicentennial Year. The latter two books are available free here.
- Issue 6 (November 2017) of the European Legal History: The Newsletter of the Max Planck Institute is here. H/t: ESCLH
- Stephen Presser, Northwestern Law, will present on his book, Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law, to The Heartland Institute, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on November 20, 2017, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
- Historians have long had HNN as a platform for reaching the general public. More recently, as we have noted, they have published op-eds on the Washington Post’s website, Made by History. More recently still, we learned of another platform, not just for historians but the academe as a whole: The Conversation.
- Just out from Princeton University Press is How to Do Things With International Law
by Ian Hurd, a political scientist at Northwestern. “Conventionally understood as a set of limits on state behavior, the ‘rule of law’ in world politics is widely assumed to serve as a progressive contribution to a just, stable, and predictable world.” Perhaps not, the book argues.
- ICYMI: House tied to 1692 Salem witch trials rises from near ruin (AP/ABC News). From Harvard Law Today: “Former Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch ’84 and Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 looked back on their time together at Harvard Law School and discussed their subsequent careers.” Kelly Lytle Hernandez, on her book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), on Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society.