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Wertheimer Presenting on October 21

John Wertheimer of Davidson College -- and one of our nation's premier legal historians -- will be presenting with some of his students to the Triangle Legal History Seminar on October 21 at UNC Law School.  John has for many years taught an innovative seminar for advanced history students in which the class picks a single case to study intensely.  They have a competitive process at the beginning of the semester where each student searches the appellate reports (often from the nineteenth century and from the Carolinas) and then presents the case to the class.  The class then picks what they want to study and they break the case into parts for groups of the, to further investigate.  Students research the background of the parties, the record below, the context in the community, how the case relates to prior -- and subsequent -- judicial decisions.  They write an article, collectively, over the course of the semester.  And towards the end they paper with a legal historian from anoth…

Triangle Legal History Seminar

Welcome to the Triangle Legal History Seminar's new webpage.  I'm delighted that -- thanks to Ashton Merck's talent and energy -- we have a new blog for the Triangle Legal History Seminar.  By way of background, Ed Balleisen founded the Triangle Legal History Seminar back in 2006 under the umbrella of the Carolina Seminars Program.  And he ran it -- along with a rotating set of co-convenors, including Adrienne Davis, Laura Edwards, and Jonathan Ocko -- until last year, when he entered the provost's office at Duke.

We currently have four conveners -- Al Brophy of UNC, Emiliano Corral of Duke, David Gilmartin of NC State, and Ashton Merck of Duke.  And we are in the process of putting together an exciting schedule for this year.  We typically meet once a month, on Fridays at the National Humanities Center.  But in recent years we've branched out to other meeting spots around the Triangle.

Our website was hosted at Duke Law School for many years -- and the website in …