Saturday, January 9, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • The National History Center has guides to research in archives in and around Washington, DC, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Institute.
  • We recently learned that a speech on Magna Carta by Joshua C. Tate, SMU Dedman School of Law, delivered at UC Santa Barbara on November 2, 2015, has gone up on YouTube.
  • Via Slate's The Vault: a roundup (and more here) of the digital history sites that "dazzled" in 2015. One that may be of particular interest to our readers: Reno Divorce History ("illuminating Reno's divorce industry").  
  • Lawyers on the Covers of Alumni Magazines: Lincoln Caplan has a lively profile of Judge Richard Posner in the Harvard Magazine.  And in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Peter Vigneron profiles Allegra Love (right) and her pro bono practice of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and refugee cases in Arizona.
  • Writing for JOTWELL's Legal Profession section, Nick Robinson (Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession) has posted an admiring review of Gail Hupper's "Educational Ambivalence: The Rise of a Foreign-Student Doctorate in Law," 49 New Eng. L. Rev. 319 (2015) (mentioned previously on the blog here).  
  • According to its press release, “The National Constitution Center has received a $2 million contribution from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation . . . to renovate and upgrade the Sidney Kimmel Theater and the live production of ‘Freedom Rising.’”
  • Politico New York reports on plans to digitize (and discard) original records at the Municipal Archives of New York.  Half of the 2.8 million boxes in question "contain records kept by district attorneys and courts.”  
  • On Worlds of Law, Marc S. Weiner has recently posted three segments (that’s 1, 2, and 3) of a longer film in progress on the relation between Austrian law and landscape called “Wood, Water, Stone, Sky, Milk.”  The project grows out of his semester in Salzburg as a Fulbrighter in in 2015, Marc tell us the film “deals centrally with certain historical themes.”
  • As a member of the board of the Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit, I’m always pleased when I spot someone using one of the Society’s valuable oral history.  Over at Concurring Opinions, Tuan Samahon, Villanova Law, draws upon Judge Oliver Gasch’s in addressing the likelihood that then-Judge Scalia wrote the per curiam for a three-judge district court that Chief Justice Burger drew upon holding the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act unconstitutional in Bowsher v. Synar. [DRE]
  • And, speaking of the Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit, its January 2016 newsletter is here.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.