Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Find a Co-Panelist for ASLH 2018!

[We're moving this up, as the deadline is now just two weeks away.]

[We here at Legal History Blog are happy to facilitate the matching service envisioned in this message from our friends at the American Society for Legal History, and we’ll be sure to post any comments we receive promptly.  Those ISO another papergiver or commentator should also consider posting to H-Law, which reaches scholars LHB may not.]

 The deadline to submit panels and papers for the 2018 ASLH Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, is March 1, 2018. As the Call for Papers notes, “Given the number and high quality of panel and other complete sessions submitted, individual papers are much less likely than full sessions to be accepted.” To help those of you with individual papers find other like-minded presenters to organize panels, the comments to this post are open. Feel free to post your paper topic and/or panel idea below (and make sure to include an email address or other contact information). And please feel free to spread the word (the conference hashtag is #ASLH2018).


Emily Prifogle said...

Thanks LHB! I'm in the hunt for some co-panelists for a session on rural legal history at ASLH. I am interested in presenting on one of three topics, depending on the interest of other potential panelists: a) rural lawyers and masculinity in 1920s Iowa, b) rural zoning in 1930s Wisconsin, or c) rural school consolidation in late 1960s Minnesota. An ideal panel might be narrowly focused around one of these ideas (gender, the profession, property law, education), or broadly span time periods, types of law, and/or region. Feel free to contact me on Twitter or through email.

Peter Labuza said...

Hello everyone! My name is Peter Labuza and I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California working on a history of entertainment law. I have a few particular proposals I am working on but I wanted to share one that may fit one of your panels. It focuses on the lawyer Martin Gang and his role as a solo practitioner in Hollywood during the New Deal. This paper examines the way that individual lawyers not part of the major bar associations or academic battles could absorb the new philosophies of the New Deal into their practice with individual clients. I believe this paper would fit well with those working on individual lawyer studies, the New Deal / legal realism, labor law, or media industries. If you are at all interested, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Ofra Bloch said...

Hi everyone! My name is Ofra Bloch and I am a doctorate student at Yale Law School. I am looking for co-panelists for a session on the history of affirmative action (not only in the USA). I actually have two relevant papers that could fit in a panel like that. The first is on the history of the term diversity in the United states. The paper tracks back the changing meaning of diversity over the years. The second paper reveals the untold history of Israel's affirmative action towards Israeli Arabs in the 50s and 60s, and critically analyzes this history. The panel could actually be defined more broadly and deal with histories of equality law. So if you are working on the history of affirmative action, or more broadly, of equality law, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Katie said...

Hello all! Ofra and I both have projects that would fit under the general subject of histories of equality law (hers related to diversity and affirmative action, mine related to the history of the McDonnell Douglas paradigm, a commonly used doctrine in statutory anti-discrimination law). We are looking for one or two other co-panelists with projects that would fit under that broad rubric. If you would be interested, please email Ofra ( or myself ( Many thanks!

Jacquie Briggs said...

Hello! Anyone interested in putting together a 'lightning round' proposal? These sessions feature 5 (or more) shorter papers, usually with a single commentator/facilitator. A broad theme such as 'intersections' could potentially work to encompass some disparate papers - we'll find the connections once we know who is interested. Send me a message at jacq.briggs [at] to chat more.

Myra said...

We seek panelists and a discussant for a panel at the November 2018 ASLH conference tentatively entitled “Law and Social Change: Opportunities and Limitations within Transnational Perspective.” This panel aims to explore the use of law as a tool for social change, with a particular interest on cases surrounding structural/political issues. While the law may be used as a mechanism for politico-legal change, and as a tool for negotiating social relations, it also possesses limitations with regard to its ability to change attitudes and create buy-in to—rather than backlash against—systemic overhauls. We are particularly interested in cases where, for reasons of individual pragmatism or larger-scale idealism, it has done both. The panel will investigate law and social change broadly, though individual papers will, hopefully, view this change through the lenses of particular, localized (or national) examples. Thus far, we have two papers dealing with race and society—one in the nineteenth and twentieth-century United States, and one in twentieth-century South Africa. One paper addresses civil cases, while one centers around inquests into detention facilities and resultant criminal charges, so perspectives on either civil or criminal legal history (as well as within traditional courts) would be welcome. We seek a panel that explores particular cases within their localized contexts and a discussant who can extrapolate more broadly. Ideally, additional papers would cover the same timeframe and address substantive politico-legal change—and its limits on accompanying social change--in Asia, Europe, and/or Latin America. For more information or to submit an abstract (250) words or CV, please contact Myra Houser ( or Melissa Milewski (

Wesley Chaney said...

Dear all, I’m hoping to organize a panel for this fall’s ASLH conference on the rather broad topic of law, empire, and environment in global perspective and looking for interested co-panelists. My own presentation will look at 19th-century disputes over common-pool resources along the Sino-Tibetan border and the role of monastic institutions and local state agents in mediation. It would be wonderful to discuss these issues beyond the narrow limits of Chinese and Tibetan legal history; so, even if you’re working on topics temporally and spatially far afield here, please email me if interested (Wesley Chaney, Bates College, Thanks!

Unknown said...

hello! I am looking to put together a panel on the legal history of will writing specifically, but could include other aspects of inheritance law. If you are interested, please contact me (Suzanne Lenon, University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada), Thanks.

Unknown said...


I would like to receive abstracts for composing a panel proposal to the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History this year to be held in Houston, Texas ( ). I seek collaborations which could develop new approaches and concepts on Latin America especially considering works in progress as Ph.D. dissertations or post-doctorate research projects. Three lines of research would be closer to my intent :

- Case studies & textual construction: the making of Latin America considering particular speeches and documents in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese (1850 - 1960);

- Latin American identities and groups seeking civil rights in the USA (History of the Present).

- Depictions of Latin America or Latin American communities in the USA (post-World War II Era - Today).

Please, contact me, J. Ernesto Pimentel, Fh., at
My whatsapp: +55 83 98801 1800

CV available on this Brazilian website:

Anthony Gaughan said...

Hello everyone,
I am a law professor at Drake University Law School and I am looking for co-panelists for a session on the history of the laws of war. My own presentation is titled, "D-Day, Collateral Damage, and the Laws of War," and it's based on a book project that I am writing (and close to finishing) on how the Normandy invasion during World War Two illustrated serious shortcomings in the laws of war. If you are interested in presenting on any topic related to the history of the laws of war, please email me (Prof. Anthony Gaughan) at .
Best wishes,

Anthony Gaughan said...

My email address got cut off in the post immediately above, so here it is: Thank you!


Jacquie briggs said...

Notice: Collecting orphan papers for a lightning round!

Hello! There are 8 days to the deadline, and if you're still looking for a panel, consider joining our lightning round for a shorter presentation, and still get your name on the program. Based on participants so far we could go with a theme of empire and colonialism, but the lightning round could encompass a broader theme or set of themes (such as 2017's "Lightning Round: New Approaches to the Legal History of Gender, Class, and Status" which featured 8 excellent papers).

I'm glad to act as chair since I'm already at the meeting to help with the student research colloquium, but if any faculty would like to chair please do let me know.

Students in particular are encouraged to join this lightning round, a great opportunity to share your work, attend a fantastic conference and meet some great people.

Contact me at jacq.briggs @ to chat. (I am a PhD candidate in criminology and sociolegal studies working on legal aid for Indigenous peoples in Canada). -Jacquie.