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, Nathaniel Donahue ( and Kathyrn Blair (



List of Past Presenters



Yale Legal History Forum


12:10 to 1:30 p.m. (except on November 10)
Presentations on Zoom



Ariela Gross | USC Gould School of Law
Tuesday, September 15
Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana

Thomas McSweeney | William & Mary Law School
Tuesday, October 13
Writing the Common Law in Latin in the Later Thirteenth Century

Kentaro Matsubara | University of Tokyo
Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Land, Credit, and Possession in Qing South China: Internal Tensions of a Society Reflected in its Institutions




K-Sue Park | Georgetown University Law Center
Tuesday, February 16
Conquest and Slavery as Foundational to Property Law

Intisar Rabb | Harvard Law School
Tuesday, March 9
Islamic Law's Marbury Moment? An Early Case of Land and Leadership, 661-883

Kunal Parker | University of Miami School of Law
Tuesday, March 23
Common Law Modernism: The Turn to Process in American Legal Thought, 1900-1970

Christopher Tomlins | UC Berkeley School of Law
Tuesday, April 6
In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History