Saturday, October 5, 2019

Weekend Roundup

  • The 12th Annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be devoted to the history of judicial confirmation.  The symposium includes the presentation, “Paths to the Bench: Southern District of Indiana Appointments from William E. Steckler to Gene E. Brooks,” by Doria Lynch and “a brief synopsis of the Chief Justice Robert B. Taney mural alternation project, which is part of the national trend to remove inappropriate historical symbols from public spaces.”  It will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on November 1 in the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis.   (The Indiana Lawyer.)
  • John W. Kluge Center has announced the arrival of several scholars-in-residence at the Library of Congress.  The holder of the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance is Andrea Campbell, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan professor of political science at MIT, who is working on a book project titled “How Americans Think About Taxes.” 
  • Here at LHB we usually try to keep things nonpartisan, but we still feel obliged to note, in case you somehow missed it, the recent interview ASLH past-president Bruce Mann gave to CNN.  And, while we're on the subject of legal historian spouses to presidential candidates, thank you John Bessler for that shout out at the 2019 Hall of Fame Celebration of the Dubuque County Democratic Party.  DRE 
  • ICYMI:  How Did Magna Carta Influence the U.S. Constitution? (History).  Frank Bowman on the history of impeachment in Rolling Stone.
  • From the Washington Post's "Made by History" section: many historically informed observations about impeachment and President Donald Trump, including by Sidney Milkis (University of Virginia, Miller Center) and Daniel Tichenor (University of Oregon) (here); Thomas Balcerski (Eastern Connecticut State University) (here); and Doug Rossinow (University of Oslo) (here). Also Jessica Wang (University of British Columbia) on "How New York defeated rabies" and why "the city’s history with the disease offers a blueprint for eliminating deaths around the world." More.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.