Saturday, August 4, 2018

Weekend Roundup

  • In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Ian Ayres (Yale Law School) and John Fabian Witt (Yale Law School) offer Democrats a "Plan B" for the Supreme Court. "'Court packing' is one of the most controversial threads in the history of American politics," but what about "court balancing"?
  • More praise for the legal historical scholarship on emoluments by Georgetown law professor John Mikhail.  H/t: David Edmon.  Also Seth Barrett Tillman and Josh Blackmon respond to Judge Messitte’s opinion in that Emoluments Clause decision on the Volokh Conspiracy.
  • At the intersection of legal and medical history, Atlas Obscura has this piece on the grim profession of  the "railway surgeon" in the 19th-early 20th century.  
  • JSTOR has updated its list of nine books from the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History now available on the platform.
  • Robert J. Miller, Arizona State University, will speak on “Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Oregon” at the Coos History Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, on August 7.  More.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.