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ASLH publishes Law & History Review through the Cambridge University Press. The journal is available online via the History Cooperative and JSTOR.

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H-Law Podcast Episode 7: Daniel Sharfstein


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A discussion with Daniel J. Sharfstein about his book Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017). Daniel Sharfstein is a professor of law and history and co-directs the George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt University. Sharfstein’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States. In this discussion, he explores ideas of law, society, and politics through his compelling narrative about the Nez Perce War.

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Re: Information on Potomac School of Law in Washington DC (ca. 1975-1981)

Dear Mr. Prince,

I have been in touch with someone at the William S. Hein Company and they do have some information. Hein Company or it predecessor The Fred Rothman Company would know about the law library and what happened it when Potomac was part of a bankruptcy suit.

I probably know some Wash DC law librarians who many remember something.

Georgia Chadwick

Stanford Center for Law and History Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Stanford Center for Law and History invites paper submissions from graduate students for its first annual conference, “Legal Histories of Policing and Surveillance.” SCLH’s goal is to bring together faculty, postdocs, and students for workshops, conferences, and lectures examining the relationships between law and history, broadly defined. 

2018-2019 Lemelson Center Fellowships and Travel Grants (Apps Due: 1 Dec 2017)

Research Opportunities at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center
Applications Due: 1 December 2017

Through its fellowships and travel grants, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation supports research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products.