Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to Dan Hamilton and Clara Altman

The Legal History Blog is happy to welcome our guest bloggers for the month of January, Daniel W. Hamilton and Clara Altman

Clara has been with the blog just over a year as our tireless Facebook Coordinator, and is moving over to the blog itself for the month.  She is a graduate student at Brandeis University, where she works with Michael Willrich. She is interested in American legal history, American empire and colonialism, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation will take up law and U.S. colonialism in the Philippines between 1898 and 1935. Clara has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School (2007), where she was research assistant to Nan Hunter, and she received her B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis (2004).  Among her honors and accolades, her paper “All of these Rights: Equality, Free Speech, and the Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976-1986” won the 2009 Chris Lerman Prize for Essays on Extraordinary Women.

Dan is a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Dan's Ph.D. in American legal history is from Harvard University, and his J.D. is from George Washington University.  (And as a proud current Oberlin parent, I have to add that his BA is from Oberlin College!) Dan was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at  NYU.  At Illinois, he teaches property law, legal history, and constitutional law, and he is co-director of the Illinois Legal History Program.  His publications include The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy During the Civil War, and along with Albert Brophy, he has co-edited two volumes of Transformations in American Legal History: Essays in Honor of Professor Morton J. Horwitz.

Welcome to Dan and Clara!