The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies in conjunction with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a well-known legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions. For each Institute, a committee appointed by the ASLH reviews applications from beginning faculty members, doctoral students with completed or almost completed dissertations, and recent J.D. graduates, and selects 12 junior scholars from around the world as Institute Fellows. The Fellows come to Madison for two weeks to participate in seminars, meet other legal historians, and discuss their own work. The program is structured but informal, and features discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute.
Applications for the ninth Hurst Summer Institute, which will take place in 2017, will be accepted from December 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017. For future reference, information concerning applications may be found here.
A full account of the Institute, including the program and the names and biographies of the fellows, may be found on its website.
Willard Hurst Memorial Fund Committee
Robert W. Gordon (2014), Chair, Stanford University <email>
Lauren Benton (2012), New York University <email>
Fahad Bishara (2012), Harvard University <email>
Rebecca Mclennan (2012), University of California, Berkeley <email>
Dylan Penningroth (2012), Northwestern University <email>
Mitra Sharafi (2011), University of Wisconsin <email>
Barbara Welke (2013), (ex officio) (Hurst Institute Leader), University of Minnesota <email>