Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weekend Round-Up

  • President Obama has appointed Michael Les Benedict a permanent member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. The White House's press release is here.
  • We've recently learned that the audiorecording of Paul Freund's interview in the University of Kentucky's Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project streams (with a transcript) here. It includes some interesting anecdotes on the New Deal's lawyers, as well as on Reed's work as general counsel of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and as Solicitor General of the United States. (Unfortunately, Charles Wyzanski's contribution to the project, which describes, among other things, whose rooms were next to whose in the SG's office, is not yet available on line.)
  • Over at PrawfsBlawg, legal historian Elizabeth Dale (University of Florida) ponders what an ideal career trajectory looks like, and what, if anything, ought to be done when a person falls "off track."
  • Foreign Policy asked six scholars -- including historians Maya Jasanoff (Harvard) and Margaret MacMillan (Oxford) -- "to take the long view" on the WikiLeaks cables. Their responses are here. (hat tip: bookforum)
  • Judge Mohamed Samir Ahmed Helmy will lecture on "The Constitutional History of Egypt" at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 13. The press release is here.
The Weekend Round-up is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History Bloggers.