2017 ASLH Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, Nevada


For the first time in the Society’s history, the 2017 annual meeting will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will be held from October 26, 2017 to October 29, 2017, and the meeting hotel is the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, which is offering a guest room rate of $184.99 plus tax. The University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law is the principal sponsor of the meeting, and part of the meeting will be held at the School. The Plenary Lecture will be delivered by Tomiko Brown-Nagin of Harvard Law School and the preliminary program will be available on September 1, 2017. Transportation will be provided linking the Resort with the School. The Closing Reception will be held on the “Strip” at the Mob Museum, and bus transportation will be provided. For those who prefer to stay at a hotel closer to those venues, on the “Strip”, cheaper, and unionized, there is a supplementary bloc of rooms at Boulder Station Hotel and Casino for $101.98 (Wednesday and Thursday) and $111.98 (Friday and Saturday). No panels are scheduled there, but it is about 30 minutes (by cab, Uber, or Lyft) from the main program venue at Red Rock Station.The Local Arrangements Committee has produced a flyer.

The Las Vegas airport is McCarran International Airport, which offers direct flights from throughout the United States, from Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The Red Rock provides free airport pickup and a free shuttle to and from the “Strip.” However, relatively inexpensive car rentals are available at the airport should you wish greater freedom. Pre-registration and hotel booking are now available and will continue to be until October 4, 2017.

The ASLH welcomes exhibitors at our annual meeting. Exhibiting books and materials relevant to the field of legal history is an excellent way of reaching the leading scholars in the field. ASLH annual meetings typically attract 400 – 500 scholars, students, judges and practitioners. Many exhibitors use the occasion to pursue manuscripts. Exhibitors must book in advance of the meeting, and can do so here.

Every year dozens of advertisers choose to promote their books, journals, services and programs in the Annual Meeting Program. Advertising space can be booked here.

Lastly, the ASLH has been fortunate to regularly have events sponsored by publishers – most commonly to receptions as a means of having book launches. If you are interested in sponsoring a reception, panel or coffee break, please contact the Society’s Treasurer.

The 2017 ASLH Annual Meeting Program Committee invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world. We also strongly encourage thematic proposals that traverse traditional chronological or geographical fields.

Limited financial assistance (covering airfare and ground transportation only) is available for presenters in need, with priority given to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, independent scholars and scholars from abroad.

The deadline for proposal submissions has now passed, but check this space September 1 for a look at the draft program.


Host an ASLH Conference

The American Society for Legal History’s Standing Committee on Annual Meetings solicits volunteers from the Society’s friends to serve as local arrangements chair for the Society’s future Annual Meetings. Interesting venues, affordable hotel rates, tax exemption for out-of-state non-profits and reasonable funding support for meeting events are highly favored in site selection. Contact the committee’s chair, Craig Joyce of the University of Houston Law Center by email.