Legal History Forum

MedallionThe 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.




For questions, please contact this year’s Legal History Fellows:

M. Henry Ishitani

Kevin Keller

Past Presenters

List of Past Presenters

Yale Legal History Forum 2022-2023


Clifford Ando | University of Chicago
Tuesday, September 13
The Rise of the Indigenous Jurists
Location: Baker 116
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.

Dylan Penningroth | University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, October 11
Race in Contract Law.
Location: Zoom and TBD
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided at location. For zoom link, contact M. Henry Ishitani or Kevin Keller.

Lisa Ford | University of New South Wales
Tuesday, November 8
Liberated Africans and Imperial Inquiry, 1822: The Problem of Evidence
Location: TBD
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.


Fei-Hsien Wang | Indiana University
Tuesday, February 7
Bicycle Thieves Going to the Supreme Court: Reconfiguring Values and the Law in Post-World War II China (1945-1949)
Location: Baker 116
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.

Maggie Blackhawk | New York University
Tuesday, March 14
Legislative Constitutionalism & Federal Indian Law
Location: Baker 116
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.

Jonathan Gienapp | Stanford University
Tuesday, April 18
The Meaning of the United States: Debating Union Before the Constitution
Location: Baker 116
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided, consistent with YLS Covid guidelines.