Friday, September 23, 2011

DC Area Legal History Roundtable

The D.C. Area Legal History Roundtable is an informal gathering of scholars who live or work in and around Washington, D.C. It first met in 2006 at George Washington University Law School and later at the law schools of American University, Catholic University of America, George Mason, and Georgetown University, as well as at the Federal Judicial Center.  The George Mason University School of Law is hosting this semester's session, to be held Friday, October 14, from 12 noon to 4 pm.  We hear the following from Adam Mossoff, who is sharing the the organizational honors with Ross Davies and Joyce Malcolm:
"Among the confirmed speakers and commentators is Clare Cushman, editor of the Journal of Supreme Court History, who will be discussing her forthcoming book, Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History (Rowman & Littlefield).  Lyle Denniston from SCOTUSBlog  and Todd Peppers (Roanoke College) will comment on Ms. Cushman's presentation.  In a law and war panel, Paul Halliday (University of Virginia) will be discussing his widely heralded research into how the writ of habeas corpus was employed in English cases from 1500-1800 and Jeffrey Morrison (Regent University) will be speaking on George Washington and warfare.  John Yoo (UC-Berkeley) may also come, schedule permitting, to speak on military commissions in the Reconstruction Era, a topic of which he has addressed in his scholarship.  Lastly, in the history of intellectual property panel, Tomas Gomez-Arostegui (Lewis & Clark Law School, visiting George Washington University) will be speaking on the development of copyright doctrines at common law and Joshua Miller, a recent LLM graduate from George Washington University, will present his research into the historical understanding of the Copyright and Patent Clause in the Constitution."
For more information, please contact Professor Mossoff at