Clark Legal History Series


All talks are from 4:20 to 6:20 in Redstone 410.

Monday, February 5

Ron Harris, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, “The Birth of the Business Corporation East and West: Eurasian Trade Institutions and their Migration 1400 – 1700.”

Tuesday, February 20 (runs as a Monday schedule)

Rabia Belt, Stanford University School of Law, “Race, Disability and the Vote.”

Monday, March 12

Cynthia Nicoletti, University of Virginia School of Law, “The Emancipation and its Challenges in the South Carolina Sea Islands.”

Monday, March 26

Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard University School of Law, “The Framer’s Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution.”

Monday, April 9

Cornelia Dayton, The Cocoran Department of History, University of Connecticut, “The Long History of Insanity: Forgiveness and Defenses in New England to 1840.”

Monday, April 23

Andrew Kahrl, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Virginia, “Lien on Me: Property Tax Delinquency Laws and Urban Inequality.”

Past Speakers


  • Clifford Ando, University of Chicago
  • Samuel Moyn Harvard University
  • Jo Guldi, Dedham College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Amalia Kessler, Stanford University
  • Nara Milanich, Barnard College
  • Gregory Ablavsky, Stanford University Law School


  • Emma Teng, MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
  • David Armitage, Harvard University
  • Jennifer Pitts, University of Chicago
  • Gregory S. Alexander, Cornell University School of Law
  • Saul Cornell, Fordham University
  • Karen Tani, University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Oren Bracha, University of Texas School of Law


  • William E. Forbath, University of Texas, Austin School of Law
  • Josh Chafetz, Cornell University School of Law
  • Chris L. Tomlins, University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Tamar Herzog, Harvard University
  • Lauren A. Benton, New York University
  • James Q. Whitman, Yale Law School


  • 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


  • “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


  • “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

More Information

For more information, please contact any of the following faculty members: