Saturday, June 18, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • From the Wall Street Journal: an op-ed by Ariela Gross (University of Southern California) places the Orlando mass shooting in historical perspective.   
  • The New York Times reports that a significant portion of long-lost NY Police Department files on the surveillance of Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, Young Lords and other political organizations have been found.  
  • Over at In Custodia Legis, Nathan Dorn, Curator of Rare Books at the Law library of Congress,  describes the conservation work by Katherine Kelly of a handwritten collection of citations to English case law bearing the bookplate of Samuel Chase (1741-1811).
  • From the Historical Society of the NY Courts: “Jacobin Winds: Chief Justice James Kent and the Origins of the Citizenship Prerequisite for Admission to the New York Bar," by Craig A. Landy, of Peckar & Abramson
  • "Bermuda’s Supreme Court yesterday celebrated its 400th anniversary with a special sitting."  H/t: Royal Gazette
  • From the Historical Society of the DC Circuit: “Judge Patricia M. Wald was presented with the Henry J. Friendly Medal for contributions to the law in the tradition of Judge Friendly by the American Law Institute on May 18, 2016.”  Judge Wald likened her clerkship with Jerome Frank on the Second Circuit to "grabbing the tail of a comet."
  • On the Riesenfeld Rare Books Blog of the University of Minnesota Law Library, Ryan Greenwood shares highlights from the newly acquired Reister Collection on wills, trusts, and estates.
  • If you like a good ghost interview, you'll enjoy Bryan Garner's interview with Samuel Johnson on law earlier this spring in the ABA Journal. (It's almost as good as "Fred on Space," a conversation with E. B. White's dead dachshund about the Soviet dog  launched into space in 1957.)
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.