The ASLH traveled to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa for its annual meeting on November 13–15. Despite some difficulty with the airline schedules, almost 300 people registered for and attended the conference. The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada gave a moving plenary address in Tabaret Hall, of the University of Ottawa on “Sixty Years Later: History’s Judgment on The Universal Declaration [of Human Rights]” The address was preceded by words of welcome from the President and an introduction of the speaker by Dean Bruce Feldhthusen of the Faculty of Law of the University. It was followed by brief remarks on the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History by its editor-in-chief, Professor Jim Phillips of the University of Toronto and a splendid reception in the Rotunda of Tabaret Hall, sponsored by the University of Ottawa, the Osgoode Society, and Carlton University. The full program (PDF) is available online. (It is also available in Word format, though slighly less close to what was passed out at the meeting.)
S. Jones of the University of Michigan, Michael Lobban of Queen Mary College,
University of London, Matthew C. Mirow of Florida International University
(Miami), Rebecca J. Scott of the University of Michigan, and John Wertheimer
of Davidson College were elected to three-year terms on the Board of
Directors. They replace Michael Grossberg of the
Christina Duffy Burnett of Columbia University was elected to a three-year term on the Nominating Committee. She replaces Christopher Tomlins of the American Bar Foundation, whose term has expired. Once more our thanks are owing to the outgoing member of the committee for his years of faithful service, and congratulations to the new member!
A complete list of the Officers and Directors for 2009 and of those committee members who have already been chosen for 2009 are posted at: http://www.h-net.org/~law/ASLH/officers.htm.
Craig Klafter Begins Term
Pursuant to the by-law amendment that the membership adopted in April 2007, the board voted to split the offices of Secretary and Treasurer. Tom Gallanis agreed to serve as secretary for a three-year term. The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, also appointed Craig Klafter, of the University of British Columbia, as treasurer-elect, to succeed Bill LaPiana as treasurer. Craig began his term as treasurer in January of this year. (The recently adopted by-law amendments would change this slightly; see below.)
The annual lunch was held on the
15th in the ornate Adam Room of the Chateau Laurier (picutred below on the right).
Maeva Marcus (pictured below on the left) gave
the annual address on the state of the Society.
At the annual lunch on the 15th, Maeva Marcus announced the following prizes and awards (full descriptions of the prizes and citations will be posted shortly at http://www.h-net.org/~law/ASLH/awards.htm):
William Nelson Cromwell Research
Fellowships were awarded to:
Preyer Memorial Committee chose two 2008 Preyer Scholars: Cynthia
Nicoletti (University of Virginia), for her paper “The American Civil
War as a Trial by Battle,”
and Joshua Stein (UCLA), for his paper “A Right to Violence: The
Meaning of ‘Public’ in Nineteenth-Century American Law Treatises
and the Jurisprudence of Violence.” The
Preyer Scholars presented their papers at a special panel, chaired by Laura Kalman (in place of Harry Scheiber who
could not make it to the meeting due to illness), with Michael Grossberg
The Cromwell Dissertation
prize was awarded to Diana Williams for her dissertation “They Call It Marriage”: the
The Cromwell Book Prize was awarded to Christian W. McMillen for Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory, published in 2007 by the Yale University Press. Pictured at the left are Professors Williams and McMillen.
This year’s Sutherland Prize was awarded to Professor John Beattie for his article, “Sir John Fielding and Public Justice: The Bow Street Magistrate’s Court, 1754-1780," which appeared in volume 25 of Law and History Review. Pictured at the right are Professor Beattie with Maeva Marcus.
At its annual meeting, the Board voted to discontinue the paper edition of the Newsletter. Mailing out paper copies of the Newsletter costs the Society a large chunk of its modest resources. The Publications Committee has been charged with determining just how we are to proceed from here. We will, of course, continue to make use of the Society’s website. We will certainly experiment with making use of email communication for those who are willing to receive such communication by email. This fact makes it even more urgent that those members who have not done so (approximately a quarter) provide us with their email addresses and an indication of whether they are willing to receive communication from the Society via email. The way that you do this is by going to the Society’s membership directory: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/lhr/directory/directory.html. To update your information, including adding an email address, go down to the bottom of the search page and click on “Log into the update area.” In order to change your data you need to have your member number, which appears above your name on the mailing label of the Law and History Review.
The Board also adopted a number of amendments to the by-laws. These are technical amendments, largely designed to bring the by-laws into conformance with the Society’s recent practices. The amendments are posted on the website: (DOC) or (PDF).. Under the recently adopted amendment procedure, any ten members may petition the president to have the amendments put to the membership for a vote. Otherwise, they will stand adopted after the passage of thirty days from their posting.
The Program Committee for
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