Saturday, November 13, 2021

Weekend Roundup

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., to Louis D. Brandeis on "rounding the third corner," per Clare Cushman and the Supreme Court Historical Society. 
  • The internet is abuzz about David Waldstreicher’s The Changing Same of U.S. History, a review of Gordon S. Wood’s Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution, and Carol Anderson’s The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Boston Review).
  • Next semester Vicki Schultz, Yale Law School, will teach the seminar “Living Civil Rights Law,” in which students will make FOIA requests and conduct interviews with former attorneys in DOJ’s Employment Litigation Section “in order to tell their stories and preserve the agency’s legacy. . . . In addition to publishing papers in an online forum, students may also disseminate their work and ideas through creative storytelling — in podcasts, videos, and blogs” (More).
  • Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law, discusses his and Evan Bernick’s Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment on the National Review’s Bookmonger podcast.
  • Samantha Barbas discusses Morris Ernst in this Baldy Center (State University at Buffalo) podcast.
  • And here’s another Baldy Center podcast: “From the heights of his long tenure at the University at Buffalo School of Law, . . . Distinguished Professor John Schlegel discusses US economic history, American Legal Realism, and his lived experience with legal education over the last half century, in particular, Critical Legal Studies. In this extemporaneous conversation, Del Cotto Professor David Westbrook affectionately provokes Schlegel to grapple with the necessary and complex ongoing negotiations between our concepts of adventure and stability, serious and fun, the endeavor of intellectual freedom... and the Borg.”
  • A notice of the research of Ariel Nereson, a professor in Buffalo’s Department of Theatre and Dance, focuses her research on obscenity laws in the early twentieth century, including ‘Obscenity Law and the Problem of Performance: A Case Study of the Trial of Mae West's ‘The Pleasure Man’” (Baldy Center Magazine).
  • Professor Emeritus Genna Rae McNeil, the author of Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights, delivered the 29th annual Stone Center lecture at UNC Chapel Hill (Daily Tar Heel).
  • Bloomberg Law Podcasts interviews two legal historians on this term’s Supreme Court cases, Adam Winkler on the Second Amendment, and Mary Ziegler on reproductive rights.
  • Save the date: Oxford University Faculty of Law announces a Book Talk for Thai Legal History (CUP, 2021), by Andrew Harding and Munin Pongsapan, February 25, 2022, 12:00PM to 1:00PM.
  •  “California’s first law school, the UC Hastings College of the Law, will change its name so it no longer references its founder, Serranus Clinton Hastings, who played a significant role in the mass killings of Indigenous people, the Los Angeles Times reports” (Daily Beast).
  • ICYMI: A notice of Frances "Fay" Kyle and Averil Deverell, “the first women to be called to the bar in Ireland and Britain” (BBC News).  Why are medieval laws at the center of gun case? (Minnesota Lawyer).  Louisiana board votes to pardon Homer Plessy (NBC News).

Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.