Clark Legal History Workshop

The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series brings several distinguished historians of law to campus each year to lecture and talk with students and faculty. The BU community and the general public are all welcome to attend. For more information, please contact any of the following:

Anna di Robilant,

Gerry Leonard,

David Seipp,



Fall 2014 Speakers

The Clark Legal History Series presentations are held from 4:20-6:20 pm.

Friday, September 26: William E. Forbath, Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law, University of Texas, Austin School of Law, “The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution”

Wednesday, October 1: Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law, Cornell University School of Law, “The Personnel Power”

Wednesday, October 15: Chris L. Tomlins, University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, “Revulsions of Capital. The Politics of Law and Slavery in the Age of the Turner Rebellion, Virginia 1829-1832”

Wednesday, October 29: Tamar Herzog, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Harvard University, “Defining Imperial Spaces: How South America became a Contested Territory”

Wednesday, November 12: Lauren A. Benton, Professor of History and Silver Professor, New York University, “Protection, the Imperial Constitution, and the British Global Order, 1790-1850"

Wednesday, November 19: James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law, Yale Law School, “Presumption of Innocence/Presumption against Punishment: Two Western Modes of Justice"


Past Speakers

Fall 2012

  • Ariela Gross, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Jedediah Purdy, Duke Law School
  • Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
  • "Jews, Law, and Identity Politics," William Forbath, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Sara McDougall, John Jay College, CUNY, History Department
  • Logan E. Sawyer, University of Georgia School of Law

Fall 2011

  • “Exits: Forming International Rules on Expatriation,” Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire History Department
  • “The Last Days of the Warren Court,” Laura Kalman, University of California Santa Barbara History Department
  • “The Baseball Trust: Baseball’s First Antitrust Crisis, 1912-1916,” Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law
  • “Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance during the American Civil War,” Michael Vorenberg, Brown University History Department
  • “Reproductive Medicine in the Legal Shadows: Artificial Insemination, 1890-1945,” Kara Swanson, Northeastern University Law School

Fall 2010

  • "The Enclosure of Justice: Courtroom Architecture, Due Process, and the Dead Metaphor of Trial," Norman Spaulding, Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Selections from The People's Courts: The Rise of Judicial elections and judicial Power in America, Jed Shugerman, Harvard Law School
  • “Recasting the Canon of Family Law,” Jill Hasday, Univ. Minnesota Law School
  • "The Bomb-Proof Power,” Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford Law School
  • “Can ‘Necessitous Men’ Ever be Free? Exigency, Security, and the American Political Constitution,” Tommy Crocker, Univ. of South Carolina School of Law