Saturday, March 5, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • According to Harvard Law Today, Dean Martha Minow has recommended that the Harvard Law School abandon the shield of the Royall family, on the recommendation of a twelve-member committee that included the legal historians Bruce Mann, who served as chair, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Samuel Moyn, and Annette Gordon-Reed.  The New York Times reports that Professor Gordon-Reed and a student dissented.  According to the Times, Professor Gordon-Reed argued that "erasing the Royalls would also extinguish the memory of the slaves whose labor contributed to the founding of the law school.  'People should have to think about slavery when they think of the Harvard shield; but from now on, with a narrative that emphasizes the enslaved, not the Royall family, Ms. Gordon-Reed wrote.'"  Update: The Crimson published the committee's report here.  Professor Gordon-Reed's "Different View" is here.  The Washington Post's illustrated reportage is here; Harvard Magazine's, here
  • Jack Rakove, the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University will deliver the 2016 Philip A. Hart Lecture, "The Superior Virtues of Historical Originalism," at the Georgetown University Law Center on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 4:00pm.
  • A big LHB hat tip to Harvard College student Matthew DeShaw, for his response to skeptics who ask what he'll do with his Classics major.  “Rather than explaining the value of humanities study," he writes in the Harvard Gazette, "I have come to simply say, ‘law school.’ While my postgraduate path has yet to be decided, I know that my humanities education will enable me to succeed in many arenas, law being just one possibility.  Law is deeply rooted in the past; the history of the legal system is the history of the world.  Also, the discipline requires the analytical thinking and problem-solving referenced by Professor [Kathleen] Coleman. How these skills are developed and honed differs between disciplines, but the classics teach these skills effectively.”
  • ICYMI: the latest on Supreme Court nominations, as aggregated by HNN.  And Sherman Jackson, professor emeritus, Miami University, on natural born citizens in
  • Update: Over on his "Jackson List," John Q. Barrett, St. John's Law, takes issue with media reports on President Obama and Justice Scalia that speak of President Eisenhower as having “'snubbed' the funeral of Justice Robert H. Jackson."
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.