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The Law and History Workshop is intended to facilitate interaction and scholarship about law and history among interested faculty and students. Members of the HLS faculty are invited to attend, along with faculty across campus and interested students. Papers on a variety of legal history-related topics are discussed at the workshop. For more information, please email Jonathon Booth at

Legal History Workshop Spring 2018 Seminar

January 25 (First Class)

February 1 Amy Dru Stanley (University of Chicago, History Department) – slavery and Commerce Clause

February 8

February 15 John Witt (Yale Law and History) – Garland Fund

February 22 Marie-Amélie George (Berger-Howe Fellow in Legal History at HLS) – “Deviant Justice: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Rights in America” dissertation chapter

March 1 Ariela Gross (USC Law and History) & Alejandro de la Fente (Harvard History) – slavery in comparative context

March 8

March 15 (Spring Break, No Class)

March 22 Rabia Belt (Stanford Law) – suffrage and disability

March 29 Greg Ablavasky (Stanford Law) – Law and the American West

April 5 Rohit De (Yale History) – rebellious lawyering in comparative context

April 12 Ajay Mehrotra (Northwestern & American Bar Foundation) – value added tax and social welfare history

April 19 (Last Class)