Joint Conference with NYU Law Celebrates Professor Robert Post’s Book on the Taft Court

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The Taft Court: Making Law for a Divided Nation, 1921-1930, the latest book by Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77, will be the focus of a jointly held conference at NYU Law on April 20.

The event, “The Long 1920s: Robert Post’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Taft Court” and held in partnership with the Law School, will feature two panel discussions as well as a keynote conversation between Post and Professor John Fabian Witt ’99.

Panelists include Mark Tushnet ’71 of Harvard Law School, Laura Kalman of UC Santa Barbara, Lisa McGirr of Harvard University, Rick Hills ’91 of NYU Law, Noah Rosenblum ’17 of NYU Law, Beverly Gage of Yale University, Daniel Ernst of Georgetown Law, and Sophia Lee ’06 of Penn Carey School of Law.

WATCH: Post discusses the book with the National Constitution Center

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The Taft Court outlines the definitive history of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Howard Taft and is the 10th volume of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States. Originally assigned to two other Law School faculty beginning in 1955, both died before completing the project. Post began work on the volume nearly 35 years ago.

At the Law School, Post specializes in constitutional law with a particular emphasis on the First Amendment. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as the Law School’s 16th dean from 2009 to 2017.

Registration for the conference is open to the public.