2008 Annual Report

2008 Board of Directors Meeting
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel

Board Minutes (pdf)
Agenda, 2007 Minutes, Committee Reports (pdf)
Tax Return (pdf)

Results of Elections
Martha S. Jones of the University of Michigan, Michael Lobban of Queen Mary College, University of London, Matthew C. Mirow of Florida International University (Miami), Rebecca J. Scott of the University of Michigan, and John Wertheimer of Davidson College were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors.  They replace Michael Grossberg of the University of Indiana, Kenneth F. Ledford of Case Western Reserve University, Lynda Przybyszewski, of the University of Notre Dame, David Sugarman, of Lancaster University (UK), and Emily Zack Tabuteau, of Michigan State University.

Christina Duffy Burnett of Columbia University was elected to a three-year term on the Nominating Committee.  She replaces Christopher Tomlins of the American Bar Foundation, whose term has expired.

Secretary and Treasurer
Pursuant to the by-law amendment that the membership adopted in April 2007, the board voted to split the offices of Secretary and Treasurer.  The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee appointed Tomas P. Gallanis was appointed to serve as secretary for a three-year term.  The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, also appointed Craig Evan Klafter, of the University of British Columbia, as treasurer-elect, to succeed William LaPiana as treasurer.

Prizes and Awards

Cromwell Research Fellowships

William Nelson Cromwell Research Fellowships were awarded to:
Sophia Lee, who holds a law degree from Yale and is a Ph.D. candidate there as well. She is writing about the continuing interactions of labor politics and civil rights law.
Leah Weinryb Grosghal, who is working on a Ph.D. at Emory University. She is engaged in a reexamination of the Jehovah’s Witnesses cases of the 1930s and 1940s.
Laura Weinrib who holds a law degree from Harvard and is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton. She is completing a dissertation on the emergence of modern understandings of civil liberties in the interwar years.

Preyer Scholars

This year’s Preyer Memorial Committee chose two 2008 Preyer Scholars: Cynthia Nicoletti (University of Virginia), for her paper “The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle,” and Joshua Stein (UCLA), for his paper “A Right to Violence: The Meaning of ‘Public’ in Nineteenth-Century American Law Treatises and the Jurisprudence of Violence.”

Cromwell Dissertation Prize

The Cromwell Dissertation prize was awarded to Diana Williams for her dissertation “They Call It Marriage”: theLouisiana Interracial Family and the Making of American Legitimacy—a dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2007.

Cromwell Book Prize

The Cromwell Book Prize was awarded to Christian W. McMillen for Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory, published in 2007 by the Yale University Press.

Surrency Prize

This year‘s Surrency Prize was awarded to Hekki Pihlajamaki for his essay, “The Painful Question:  The Fate of Judicial Torture in Early Modern Sweden,” a piece that appeared in the third number of Volume 25 of Law and History Review

Sutherland Prize

This year’s Sutherland Prize was awarded to Professor John Beattie for his article, “Sir John Fielding and Public Justice: The Bow Street Magistrate’s Court, 1754-1780,” which appeared in volume 25 of Law and History Review.

Cromwell Book Prize

The John Phillip Reid Prize for the best book in legal history published in English during the previous the calendar year was awarded to Christian W. McMillen for Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory, published in 2007 by the Yale University Press.