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Bharath Palle

Bharath Palle

S.J.D. Candidate

Graduate Fellow, TA for Short Writing Projects

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Equity in the time of fusion

My dissertation takes up two separate but related issues in Anglo-American legal history. First, I examine the relationship between common law and chancery courts in New York State in the Mid-19th Century, specifically in the decades leading up to the fusion of law and equity. I analyze how those legal reforms brought about a fundamental change in the development of common law and equity doctrines. Second, I examine how scholars of the classical legal thought tradition writing at the turn of the 20th Century theorized the place of equity in the legal system, as well as the legal realists’ response that came to dominate legal thought in the United States in the decades that followed.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Property Law and Equity Theory with Professor Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • History of the Common Law with Professor Charles Donahue Jr., Harvard Law School
  • Philosophy and Legal Theory with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
  • Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy with Professor Richard Tuck, Department of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Additional Research Interests

  • Legal Theory: Jurisprudence
  • Legal Theory: Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Private Law Theory


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2016-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program, 2015-2016 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, 2017-2018, Graduate Program Fellow, TA for Short Writing Projects
  • Harvard Project on Foundations of Private Law, 2017-2018, Student Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, Summer Academic Fellowships, 2016 and 2017

Last Updated: August 13, 2017