Saturday, December 19, 2015

Weekend Roundup

  • We learned via an email message you may also have received that we may now renew our membership in the American Society for Legal History for 2016 via “the secure server hosted by Cambridge University Press."  Also, "for the first time, multi-year memberships of up to three years are available.” We urge LHB readers who aren't already ASLH members to join, as that would be the best way to support constitutional and legal history as an academic field and, thereby, give us things to blog about.
  • We believe most of our readers have encountered at one time or another the "outdated laws on the books" news story, usually concerning some American state.  ICYMI, here, from earlier in the week, is the New York Times's story on Great Britain's "silly" statutes.
  • From The University of Chicago Magazine: "One evening in December 2007, University trustee David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, found himself in a small side room at Sotheby’s New York City auction house, the new owner of the only copy of the Magna Carta in America."
  • Friday marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Korematsu v. United States (upholding the executive order that resulted in Japanese American removal and internment during World War II). In the LA Times, John Inazu (Washington University, St. Louis) and Karen Tani (UC Berkeley) write about why the decision still matters.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.