1999 Board of Directors Meeting

::  1999 Board of Directors Meeting  ::
Toronto, Ontario  ::  Sheraton Centre Hotel

Laura Kalman passed the baton as ASLH president to Thomas A. Green, University of Michigan School of Law. ASLH members celebrated Laura’s achievements in song.     


Election Results

Results of the ASLH election were announced.

The new president-elect is Robert Gordon, Yale Law School.

New members for the Board of Directors: Barbara Black, Columbia Law School, Dan Ernst, Georgetown Law Center, Doug Hay, York University, Bill Nelson, NYU Law School, and Emily Van Tassel, Indiana University Law School.

Vicky Woeste, American Bar Foundation, has been elected a member of the Nominating Committee.

1999 Sutherland Prize

The winner of the 1999 Donald Sutherland Prize “…for the best article in English legal history published in any of the recognized journals during the previous year (1998)” is Dr. Peter King (Nene College, Northampton, U.K.) for his article entitled “The Rise of Juvenile Delinquency in England, 1780-1840: Changing Patterns of Perception and Prosecution,” Past and Present 160 (August 1998): 116-166.

The committee praised Peter King’s “extraordinarily thorough range of documentation, persuasively based on carefully analyzed quantitative court data…. Dr. King…revises our understanding of this formative era and area of cirminal law, adding significantly to what we know from the works of John Beattie, John Langbein, Douglas Hay, and others. He identifies the ways by which “juvenile delinquency” became a construct within criminal proceedings in the common law. To do so, he reveals a masterly grasp of court records and manuscript notes of magistrates and judges, within the socio-political contexts in which criminal courts operated.”

The committee also awarded an honorable mention to Professor Richard J. Ross of Indiana University School of Law, in Indianapolis, for his article, “The memorial Culture of Early Modern English Lawyers: Memory as Keyword, Shelter, and Identity, 1560-1640,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 10 (Summer 1998): 229-326.

The committee urged that Ross’s article be read alongside his earlier article, “Printing English Law, 1520-1640” (146 U. Penn.L.R 323) for a “comprehensive, synthetic charting of how early modern England’s legal culture secured, transported and lost its laws, customary and common, oral and literal.” In the 1998 article, Ross “offers…an up-to-date, exhaustive analysis of ‘memory jurisprudence,’ of the pros-and-cons argued then and since about printed precedential authorities, and of the key roles all of this played in establishing the further professionalization and independence of lawyers and judges.”

1999 Surrency Prize

The Surrency Prize Committee split the prize in volume 16 of the Law and History Review, between Christine Desan, “Remaking Constitutional Tradition at the Margin of Enpire: The Creation of Legislative Adjuication in Colonial New York,” pp.257-317 and Michael Willrich, “The Two Percent Solution: Eugenic Jurisprudence and the Socialization of American Law, 1900-1930, pp. 63-111.

The committee praised Desan’s article as “fascinating, materful, illuminating” with “a high degree of ability both to unearth rich detail from archival materials and to present it in an engaging way. The committee pointed out that Desan made “a major contribution to the legal history literature by provoking important questions about the implications of a dramatic episode of legislative activity that crossed what we now regard to be the well-settled boundaries of legislative function.” The committee thought Desan uncovered “something remarkable: legislators on United States soil adjudicating claims. She thus brings to light a vicit example of legal borrowing and distortion.”

The committee thought “Willrich wrote a path-breaking work. The thesis, that sociological jurisprudence had a less known and darker side, is itself to be applauded, because it is at once plausible, unsettling, and original.” Willrich’s research and analysis, the committee reports, “are stunningly innovative” and “illuminate the rich history that underlies Holmes’ infamous opinion in Buck v. Bell (1927) that unheld the constitutionality of compulsory sterilization.”

2000 Program Committee

Chuck McCurdy is chair of the Program Committee for the 2000 Meeting at Princeton.

The committee members are as follows:

Ariela Dubler, graduate student, Yale
Willy Forbath, Law, Texas
Jim Gordley, Law Berkeley
Janet Loengard, History, Moravian
Eben Moglen, Law, Columbia
Joyce Malcolm, History, Bentley
Randy McGowen, History, Oregon
Richard Ross, Law, Indiana-Indianapolis
Bill Wiecek, Law, Syracuse

Stanley I. Kutler will deliver the annual lecture at Princeton, speaking on “An Historian’s Adventures with the Law.”

::  Officers and Directors, 1998 ::

President: Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara
President-Elect: Thomas A. Green, University of Michigan
Secretary-Treasurer: Donald G. Nieman, Bowling Green State University

Board of Directors 

Mary Sarah Bilder (2000), Boston College
Carol Chomsky (1999), University of Minnesota
Robert J. Cottrol (2000), George Washington University
Cynthia Herrup (1999), Duke University
Harold M. Hyman (Immediate Past-President), Rice University
Craig Joyce (1999*), University of Houston
Michael de L. Landon (2000*), University of Mississippi
Maeva Marcus (1998), U. S. Supreme Court Historical Society
Arthur F. McEvoy (1998), University of Wisconsin, Madison
John P.S. McLaren (1999), University of Victoria
William J. Novak (1998), University of Chicago
John V. Orth (1999), University of North Carolina
David Rabban (2000), University of Texas
Carol Weisbrod (2000), University of Connecticut
Victoria Saker Woeste (1998), American Bar Foundation
Sandra F. Van Burkleo (1998*), Wayne State University 

* Executive Committee Member

Honorary Fellows of the American Society for Legal History  

Morris S. Arnold
Lawrence M. Friedman
Stanley N. Katz
Stephan G. Kuttner
Leonard W.Lvey
John T. Noonan, Jr.
John Philip Reid
A.W.B Simpson

Corresponding Fellows of the American Society for Legal History

J.H. Baker
Raoul C. Van Caenegem
Helmut Coing
Ennio Cortese
Robert Feenstra
Jean Gaudemet
Peter Landau
Stroud F.C. Milsom
G.O. Sayles
Andre Tunc

1998 Program Committee 

Daniel R. Ernst, Georgetown University, Chair
Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard University
Christian G. Fritz, University of New Mexico
Ariela J. Gross, University of Southern California
William J. Novak, University of Chicago
John Henry Schlegel, SUNY-Buffalo
Barbara Welke, University of Oregon
Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

1998 Local Arrangements Committee  

Eric Chiappinelli, University of Seattle, Chair
Megan McClintock, University of Washington

1999 Program Committee

Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania, Chair
Constance Backhouse, University of Western Ontario
Cornelia Hughes Dayton, University of Connecticut
Christine Desan, Harvard University
Tahirih Lee, Florida State University
Pnina Lahav, Boston University
William LaPiana, New York Law School
Victoria List, Washington & Jefferson College
Kenneth Mack, Princeton University
Gregory Mark, Rutgers University
Michael Millender, University of Florida
Richard Ross, University of Chicago
Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation
Howard Venable, New York University
James Whitman, Yale University  

1999 Local Arrangements Committee  

Peter Oliver, Osgoode Society, Chair
Susan Lewthwaite, Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
Marilyn MacFarlane, Osgoode Society  

Committee on Documentary Preservation  

Michael J. Churgin University of Texas, Chair
Mary L. Dudziak, University of Southern California
Christian G. Fritz, University of New Mexico
Michael Griffith (1990), Office of the Clerk, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
DeLloyd J. Guth, University of Manitoba
J. Gordon Hylton, Marquette University
Harold M. Hyman, Rice University
Maeva Marcus, U. S. Supreme Court Historical Society
Gregory Mark, Rutgers University, Newark
R. Michael McReynolds, U. S. National Archives
Rayman L. Solomon, Northwestern University
Marsha Trimble, University of Virginia 

Honors Committee  

Herbert A. Johnson, University of South Carolina, Chair
Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago
Linda Kerber, University of Iowa  

Membership Committee

Victoria Saker Woeste, American Bar Foundation, Chair
Carol Chomsky, University of Minnesota
Catherine Fisk, Loyola University
Daniel Ernst, ex officio (Chair, 1998 Program Committee)
Thomas Gallanis, Ohio State University
Robert Goldman, Virginia Union University
Kenneth Ledford, Case Western Reserve University
Laura Kalman, ex officio (President)
Fred Konefsky, SUNY-Buffalo
Randy McGowen, University of Oregon
Donald G. Nieman, ex officio (Secretary-Treasurer)
G. Edward White, University of Virginia  

Nominating Committee  

David Seipp (1998), Boston University, Chair
Sarah Barringer Gordon (1999), University of Pennsylvania
Michael Grossberg (2000), Indiana University
Victoria List (2000), Washington and Jefferson College
Rayman Solomon (1998), Northwestern University   

Standing Committee on Conferences and the Annual Meeting  

John P.S. McLaren, University of Victoria, Chair
Christine A. Desan, Harvard University
Dwight Jessup, Taylor University
Eben Moglen, Columbia University
Kenneth Murchison, Louisiana State University
William E. Nelson, New York University
Frances Rudko, Southern New England School of Law
David S. Tanenhaus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas  

Surrency Prize Committee  

Tahirih Lee, Florida State University, Chair
W. Wesley Pue, University of British Columbia
Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago  

Sutherland Prize Committee

DeLloyd J. Guth, University of Manitoba, Chair
Professor Janet Loengard, Moravian College
Professor Daniel Coquillette, Boston College   

Publications Committee  

M. Les Benedict, Ohio State University, Chair
Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State University
Hendrik Hartog , Princeton University
Craig Joyce, University of Houston
Tahirih V. Lee, University of Minnesota
Bruce Mann, University of Pennsylvania
Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation
Christopher Waldrep, Eastern Illinois University   

Editor of LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW

Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation

Managing Editor of the ASLH Newsletter 

Robert Samuel Smith, Bowling Green State University 

H-Law Moderators

Ian Mylchreest, Monash University
Christopher Waldrep, Eastern Illinois University  

Co-Editors of STUDIES IN LEGAL HISTORY
Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University
Thomas A. Green, University of Michigan


Membership in the American Society for Legal History is open to all persons interested in the general history of law, its origins, and its institutional growth. The annual dues are $15 for student members, $50 for regular members ($60 non-U.S.), $65 for institutional members ($75 non-U.S.), $75 for sustaining members, $125 for sponsoring members, and $500 for life members. Dues include the cost of a subscription to Law and History Review, which is published three times each year, the Society’sNewsletter, which is published twice each year, and the right to receive all publications of the Society on the terms set for each type of publication offered. Communications may be addressed to the Society’s secretary-treasurer, Professor Donald G. Nieman, Department of History, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Tel: 419-372-2030; FAX: 419-372-7208; email: dneiman@bgnet.bgsu.edu. Further information may be found on the Society’s web page, www.h-net.msu.edu/~law/

Studies in Legal History

C.H.S. Fifoot, Frederick William Maitland: A Life. (1971)

Raoul Berger, Impeachment: The Constitutional Problems (1973) 

The Autobiographical Notes of Charles Evans Hughes, edited by David J. Danielski and Joseph S. Tulchin. (1973)

John H. Langbein, Prosecuting Crime in the Renaissance: England, Germany and France. (1974) 

Raoul Berger, Executive Privilege: A Constitutional Myth. (1974) 

George Dargo, Jefferson’s Louisiana: Politics and the Clash of Legal Traditions. (1975) 

William E. Nelson, Americanization of the Common Law: The Impact of Legal Change On Massachusetts Society, 1760-1830. (1975)

Maxwell H. Bloomfield, American Lawyers in a Changing Society 1776-1876. (1976)

Morton J. Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860. (1977) 

Robert Stevens, Law and Politics: The House of Lords as a Judicial Body, 1800-1976. (1978)

Stephen D. White, Sir Edward Coke and “The Grievances of the Commonwealth,” 1621- (1979)

David Thomas Konig, Law and Society in Puritan Massachusetts: Essex County, 1629- (1979)

Richard A. Cosgrove, The Rule of Law: Albert Venn Dicey, Victorian Jurist. (1980)

Michael S. Hindus, Prison and Plantation: Crime, Justice, and Authority in Massachusetts and South Carolina 1767-1878. (1980)

Paul Finkelman, An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity. (1981)

Robert C. Means, Underdevelopment and the Development of Law: Corporations And Corporation Law in Nineteenth Century Columbia. (1980) 

On the Law and Customs of England: Essays in Honor of S. E. Thorne, edited by Morris S. Arnold, Thomas A. Green, Sally A. Scully, and Stephen D. White. (1981)

John Philip Reid, In Defiance of the Law: The Standing-Army Controversy, the Two Constitutions, and the Coming of the American Revolution. (1981)

G. Roeber, Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers, Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810. (1981)

William E. Nelson, Dispute and Conflict Resolution in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, (1981)

Lawrence M. Friedman and Robert V. Percival, The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910. (1981)

Robert Stevens, Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850’s to the 1980’s. (1983)

Hendrik Hartog, Public Property and Private Power: The Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870. (1983)

R. Kent Newmyer, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: Statesman of the Old Republic. (1986)

Norman Rosenberg, Protecting the Best Men: An Interpretive History of the Law of Libel. (1986)

Michael Grossberg, Governing the Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth Century America. (1985)

Marylynn Salman, Women and the Law of Property in Early America. (1986) 

Laura Kalman, Legal Realism at Yale, 1927-1960. (1986) 

Bruce H. Mann, Neighbors and Strangers: Law and Community in Early Connecticut. (1987) 

Stephen D. White, Custom, Kinship, and Gifts to Saints: The Laudatio Parentum in Western France, 1050-1150. (1988) 

Emily Zack Tabuteau, Transfers of Property in Eleventh Century Norman Law. (1988) 

Allen Steinberg, The Transformation of Criminal Justice: Prosecution, Politics and Popular Life in Philadelphia, 1800-1880. (1989) 

Robert J. Steinfield, The Invention of Free Labor in the United States. (1991)

James Oldham, The Mansfield Manuscripts and the Growth of English Law in the Eighteenth Century.(1992) 

Robert Palmer, English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381: A Transformation Of Governance and Law. (1993) 

Eileen Spring, Law, Land, and Family: Aristocratic Inheritance in England, 1300 to (1993) 

John Henry Schlegel, American Legal Realism and Empirical Social Science. (1995) 

Richard F. Hamm, Shaping the Eighteenth Amendment: Temperance Reform, Legal Culture, and the Polity, 1880-1920. (1995) 

Lucy E. Salyer, Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law. (1995)  

Peter W. Bardaglio, Reconstructing the Household: Families, Sex and the Law in the Nineteenth Century South. (1996)

Thomas D. Morris, Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860. (1996) 

William J. Novak, The People’s Welfare: Law and Regulation in 19th Century America. (1996)  

Peter Karsten, ‘Heart’ Versus ‘Head’: The American Judiciary and the Rule of Common Law and Equity in the Nineteenth Century. (1997) 

Victoria Saker Woeste, The Farmer’s Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945. (1998)