The development of the United States' legal system, from the 12th Century to the 21st Century, will be examined this fall during the 2007 annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, hosted by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
The conference, Oct. 25-27 in Tempe, Ariz., will include 34 panels and more than 100 papers on U.S., English, European, Asian and Latin American legal history from top scholars around the world. The panels, on topics such as the legal profession, the U.S. Supreme Court, English and European legal history, ancient and Biblical law, gender and race, intellectual property, Constitutional law and law and literature, will be presented Fri., Oct. 26, and Sat., Oct. 27, at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth St., in Tempe.
In addition, Professor Paul Brand, senior research fellow and academic secretary at All Souls College, University of Oxford, will give the plenary address on Fri., Oct. 26. Brand will present "Thirteenth-century English Royal Justices: What We Know and Do Not Know About What They Did," in the Great Hall at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is the world's leading scholar in early, medieval English legal history, said Jonathan Rose, a professor and Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
"It's a significant honor for the law school to host this conference, which is the biggest of its kind in the world," said Rose, co-chair of the Program Committee and chairman of the Local Arrangements Committee. "The intellectual quality of this annual meeting is extraordinary and tremendously varied, and most of it will be interesting to lawyers because it gives insight into the development of legal institutions and documents both in the Anglo American legal system and those in other parts of the world."
The event is expected to draw an international audience of 300 people, mostly professors at law schools and history departments from around the country, Israel, South America, Germany and England, as well as lawyers, judges and private scholars. It will offer a rich program of both historical and cutting-edge legal topics, including:
Registration is $90 ($100 after Sept. 19), $15 for students with ID and $25 for the annual lunch on Oct. 27. For more details about the ASLH and the conference, go to http://www.aslh.net/ or e-mail email@example.com and for details about the Tempe and Phoenix metropolitan areas go to www.law.asu.edu/aslh07.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (www.law.asu.edu) at Arizona State University was founded in 1967 and renamed for the retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 2006. It is the leading law school in the Phoenix area, boasts an Indian Legal Program that is arguably the best in the nation, and houses the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, the oldest, largest and by far the most comprehensive law and science center in the country. ASU is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation.
Founded in 1956, the Minneapolis-based American Society for Legal History is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems, both Anglo-American and those that do not operate in the Anglo-American tradition. The society's annual meeting promotes scholarship and interaction among teachers, practitioners and students interested in legal history.