Saturday, May 14, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • And, speaking of Brandeis, the auction of William Howard Taft's letter to the journalist Gus Karger disparaging the nomination of "the People's Lawyer" failed last month.  H/t: HNN.
  • Yale Law Library’s “Putting Together a Book Exhibit,” a “video teaser” for this exhibit scheduled for 2017, has won the Best Video prize in the American Association of Law Libraries’ “Day in the Life" contest.  
  • The 2016 Spring Fellows Conference takes place May 12-13 at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.  The schedule is here.  Presenters include Nora Krinitsky on “Lawlessness in Law Enforcement: Police Violence and the Chicago NAACP Campaign Against Brutality”; Sarah Seo on “Rule of Law and the Culture of Due Process”; Benjamin Holtzman on “Promoting Development during Crisis: Tax Incentives and New Markets in 1970s New York"; and Sarah Coleman, “‘To reward the wrong way is not the American way’: Welfare, Immigrants’ Rights and the Battle Over Benefits 1990.”
  •  A book launch we wouldn’t have minded attending: The Seychelles Islands And Its First Landowners, by Julien Durup.
  • In April, Menaka Guruswamy and Richard Albert (both visiting at Yale Law School) hosted the Symposium on Founding Moments in Constitutionalism at Yale Law School. The workshop took a truly global view of constitutionalism, and included papers on Brazil, Chile, Iraq, Israel, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Taiwan. The program is posted here.
  • On May 6, Saumya Saxena and Alastair McClure of Cambridge University convened a legal history conference, "Refining the Legal Lens: New Directions in Modern Indian Legal History," at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. The day featured panels on subjects and categories of law; sovereignty and violence; and scale (the local, national, and beyond). The keynote address was delivered by Upendra Baxi (University of Warwick). 
  • The American Association for the History of Medicine met recently in Minneapolis for its annual meeting, and included a good crop of medico-legal research. We noted talks on the history of drugs and pharmacy, forensic science, psychiatry, prisons, risk and disaster studies, doctor-patient confidentiality and privilege, disability, and informed consent. Some interesting conference format ideas too here, including posters (a first at the AAHM), a women's breakfast (40+ attended), and a handy Guidebook conference app. There was plenty of live tweeting, too: #AAHM16. Here is the program.
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