Saturday, February 5, 2022

Weekend Roundup

  • The Supreme Court Historical Society has announced the winners of two awards.  David W. Levy, Professor Emeritus of the Department of History of the University of Oklahoma, is the recipient of the 2020 Hughes-Gossett Award for the best article published in the Journal of Supreme Court History for "Twenty-One Months of Hell and the Supreme Court to the Rescue in McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents”  The winner of the 2020 Hughes-Gossett Award for best student paper is Rachael E. Jones for “Rosenberger’s Unexplored History,” on a 1995 case holding that the University of Virginia violated the First Amendment rights of its Christian
    magazine staff by denying them the funding provided secular student-run magazines.
  • "Buried in 5,000 cubic feet of court records, the New York State Archives has uncovered the 1828 documents thought lost to history detailing how Sojourner Truth became the first Black woman to successfully sue white men to get her son released from slavery" (Times-Union).
  • Barrington Walker, Wilfrid Laurier University, will deliver the 13th Annual DeLloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History at the University of Manitoba on Thursday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m. (CT).  His talk is entitiled “Inchoate Citizens: Black Canadians, Law and the Racial State” (More).
  • Daniel A. Farber on The Misuse of History to Undercut the Modern Regulatory State (Regulatory Review).
  • Jed Handelsman Shugerman reviews David M. Driesen's The Specter of Dictatorship: Judicial Enabling of Presidential Power (Stanford University Press, 2021) (Lawfare).
  • Joseph Fishkin and William Forbath discuss their book The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy on the Digging a Hole podcast.  Benjamin Morse reviews the book in Jacobin (How the Left Lost the Constitution).
  • Noah Feldman on his book The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America (Harvard Law Bulletin).
  • Obituaries of Note: Yale Kamisar (Detroit News) and Jason Epstein, a founder of Anchor Books, the Library of America and the New York Review of Books, by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (NYT).
  • ICYMI: "Frank Chuman, who was among the Japanese American students forced to leave [the University of Southern California] in 1942 and live in a detention facility, has received an expedited honorary degree (USC Today).  Wendell Pritchett will serve as Interim President of the University of Pennsylvania, effective at such time as Amy Gutmann may be confirmed and resign to serve as Ambassador to Germany and until M. Elizabeth Magill starts as President this summer (Penn Today).
 Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.