The William & Mary Legal History Seminar is a joint enterprise of the Lyon Gardner Tyler Department of History and William & Mary Law School, convened by Thomas J. McSweeney, [[w|tjmcsweeney]], and Fahad Bishara [[w|fabishara]]. It brings together faculty and students with an interest in legal history from the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. The seminar meets twice a semester to discuss works-in-progress. We are a diverse group with interests in different eras and geographical regions, and we welcome anyone with an interest in legal history, broadly conceived. We also welcome paper proposals. If you would like to present your work at the seminar, please contact one of the convenors.
All meetings are held in the faculty room at William & Mary Law School, unless otherwise noted. Papers are available a week in advance. A light dinner is served.
We would like to thank William & Mary Law School and the Omohundro Institute for their financial support for the seminar.
Fall 2015 Seminars
Thursday, October 1, at 5:15 PM
"A New Plea Roll for a New Audience: Rewriting the Records of the King’s Court"
Professor Thomas J. McSweeney, William & Mary Law School
Tuesday, November 17, at 5:15 PM
"No Grounds to Proceed: The Workings of Mussolini's Special Tribunal in Fascist Italy"
Professor Maura Hametz, Department of History, Old Dominion University
Spring 2016 Seminars
Tuesday, February 23, at 7 PM
"Custom’s Longue Durée: Local Justice and Jurisdictional Politics in Oaxaca, Mexico from Colony to Republic"
Professor Yanna Yannakakis, Department of History, Emory University
This is a joint meeting with the Omohundro Institute’s Colloquium Series. This event will be held in the Institute's Conference Room, Ground Floor, Swem Library.
Past Seminars (2015)
Thursday, February 19
"'They were noe perishing commoditie': Extradition and Runaway Slaves in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean"
Casey Schmitt, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, College of William & Mary
Tuesday, March 24th
"Enforcing the Revolution: Law and Disorder During the War for Independence"
T. H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, James Marsh Professor-at-large, University of Vermont, and Humboldt Professor, Center for Advanced Studies, Munich, Germany
This was a joint meeting with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.