Legal History Forum

The Legal History Forum brings legal history scholars to the Law School from around the University, from around the United States, and from around the world, to present works-in-progress for discussion and debate. Organized by rotating student Legal History Fellows, the Forum aims to host cutting-edge work in the field of legal history in a collegial setting suited to searching dialogue and debate.

Papers will be pre-circulated. If you have any questions please contact this year’s Legal History Fellows, Gabe Levine ( and Kate Redburn (



Download the 2018-2019 academic schedule

List of Past Presenters



Yale Legal History Forum


12:10 to 1:30 p.m. (except on December 5)
Yale Law School Calabresi Faculty Lounge
Lunch will be provided



Marcus Folch | Columbia University (Classics)
Tuesday, October 15
Political Prisoners in Democratic Athens

Naomi Lamoreaux | Yale University (History and Economics)
Tuesday, November 5, co-sponsored with the Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law & Finance
The Achievement of General Laws in the Mid-Nineteenth Century United States

Maeve Glass | Columbia Law School
Tuesday, November 19
Founding Properties

Nikolas Bowie | Harvard Law School
Thursday, December 5, at 4:10 PM
The Constitutional Right to Local Self-Government



Coel Kirkby | Sydney Law School
Tuesday, February 4
Brexit’s Civil Warrior: On the Genesis of Finnis’ Practical Guide to Statesmen

Michael Szonyi | Harvard University (East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Tuesday, February 25
Land Markets, Property Rights, and Corporate Organizations in Late Imperial China: Preliminary Reflections on Recently Discovered Materials from Fujian

Thomas J. McSweeney | William & Mary Law School
Tuesday, March 24
Teaching the Common Law in Latin in the Late Thirteenth Century

Ariela J. Gross | USC Gould School of Law
Tuesday, April 7
Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana