2006 Annual Report

Baltimore, Maryland
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Board Minutes (pdf)
Agenda and Committee Reports (Word Document)

Results of Elections


Lauren Benton of New York University, Christine Desan of Harvard University, William Forbath of the University of Texas, Sally Hadden of Florida State University, and Robin Chapman Stacey of the University of Washington were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors.  They replace Stuart Banner of the University of California, Los Angeles, Philip Hamburger of Columbia University, Victoria D. List of Washington & Jefferson College, David Seipp of Boston University, and James Q. Whitman of Yale University, whose terms have expired.

Nominating Committee

Christopher Capozzola of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and David S. Tanenhaus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, were elected to three-year terms on the Nominating Committee.  The replace Adam Kosto of Columbia University and Tahirih Lee of Florida State University, whose terms have expired.


William P. LaPiana announced his intention to resign as Secretary as of 1 January. He is willing to stay on as Treasurer. The Board voted to submit to the membership a by-law amendmeant that would allow the offices of Secretary and Treasurer to be divided.

Prizes and Awards

Cromwell Research Fellowships

William Nelson Cromwell Fellowships were awarded to:. Christopher Beauchamp, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, for postdoctoral research to convert his dissertation on patent litigation in the late nineteenth century into a book; Kenneth W. Mack, J.D. Harvard Law School; Ph. D. Princeton University and member of the Harvard Law School faculty for archival research to complete his book on African American lawyers and their legal practice during the first half of the twentieth century; Kunal Parker, J.D. Harvard Law School, Ph.D. Princeton University (candidate), member of the Cleveland State Law School faculty and Golieb Fellow, NYU Law School to complete his dissertation on changing understandings of history and of custom in nineteenth century legal thought; Nicholas Parrillo, J.D./ Ph.D (candidate), Yale Law School and  Golieb Fellow, NYU Law School to continue his doctoral dissertation research on the legal history of governmental salaries and pay; Daniel J. Sharfstein, J.D. Yale Law School and Golieb Fellow, NYU Law School for archival research on his book on families whose racial identities shifted from African American to white from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Preyer Scholars

The first annual Preyer Scholars were Sophia Z. Lee, a JD/PhD student at Yale, for her paper, “Hotspots in a Cold War: The NAACP’s Postwar Labor Constitutionalism, 1948-1964” and Karen M. Tani, a JD/PhD student at the University for Pennsylvania for her paper, “Fleming v. Nestor: Anticommunism, The Welfare State and the Making of ‘New Property.’”

Surrency and Sutherland Prizes

For the first time in the history of these awards the Sutherland Prize and the Surrency Prize were awarded to the same person for the same article: Dr Andrea McKenzie (Assistant Professor of History, University of Victoria, Canada), for ‘ “This Death Some Strong and Stout Hearted Man Doth Choose”: The Practice of Peine Forte et Dure in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England’, Law & History Review, 23, 2 (2005).

Sutherland Prize

This year’s Sutherland Prize was awarded to Sara Butler of Loyola University, New Orleans, for her article “Degrees of Culpability: Suicide Verdicts, Mercy, and the Jury in Medieval England,” published in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the Spring of 2006.

Cromwell Book Prize

The William Nelson Cromwell Prize was awarded to Professor Holly Brewer of North Carolina State University for her book, By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by University of North Carolina Press, 2005).

Reid Book Prize

The first annual Reid Prize was awarded to Professor Daniel J. Hulsebosch, of the New York University School of Law, for his book Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830.

Fellows of the Society

Professor Anne Lefebvre-Teillard of the University of Paris (II, Panthéon-Assas) was elected a corresponding fellow of the Society.

Professor Morton J. Horwitz of the Harvard Law School was elected an honorary fellow of the Society.