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.  


For more information, please contact
Will Sullivan ([email protected]) and Idriss Fofana ([email protected]).


The 2016-2017 Legal History Fellows are Idriss Fofana and William Sullivan. Download the 2016-2017 academic schedule

List of Past Presenters




Yale Legal History Forum


4:15-5:45 p.m. (Reception at 4:00 p.m.)

Yale Law School Faculty Lounge

(unless otherwise specified)


Noel Lenski | Yale University (Classics & History)
Thursday, September 22

The Significance of the Edict of Milan

Gregory Ablavsky | Stanford Law School
Thursday, October 20

The Expenses of Sovereignty: Dependence, Allegiance, and Federal Finance in the Early U.S. Territories

Sam Erman | University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Thursday, November 17

The Constitution and the New Expansion: Debating the Status of the Islands


Sara McDougall | John Jay College & CUNY Graduate Center (History)
Thursday, February 2

Like Father like Son? Clerical Celibacy and the Inheritance of Priestly Office in Medieval Europe

Risa Goluboff (Dean’s Lecture) | University of Virginia School of Law
Tuesday, February 21 (4:30 p.m., location TBA)

Title TBA

Isabel Hull | Cornell University (History)
Thursday, March 30 (SLB 129)

Carl Schmitt, International Law, and Imperialism

Dylan Penningroth | University of California, Berkeley (History & Law)
Thursday, April 20

Title TBA