Legal History Colloquium

Professor David Golove
Professor Daniel Hulsebosch
Professor Noah Rosenblum

Fall 2023
Alternate Wednesdays 4:45-6:45 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

2 credits

The colloquium will alternate between public and private sessions. In the public sessions, the colloquium will discuss works-in-progress by historians or legal scholars. In the private sessions, the moderators and students will discuss reading materials that provide context for the upcoming public papers. Students will submit response papers before each public session.

Fall 2023 Schedule of Presenters


September 13

Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School

"The History of History and Tradition: The Roots of Dobbs’s Method (and Originalism) in the Defense of Segregation"

September 27

Joshua Getzler, Professor of Law and Legal History, St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford; Global Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

"Equity, banking, and the seeds of crisis: Foley v Hill (1838-48)"

October 11

Brittany Farr, Assistant Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

"The Other Walker-Thomas: Reading Race in Contracts"

October 25

Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Presidential Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

"Social Engineers on a Grand Scale?: Federally-Funded Legal Aid and the Civil Rights Movement"

November 8

Noam Maggor, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London; Visiting Fellow, Sciences Po Law School

"Escaping the Periphery: Railroad Regulation as American Industrial Policy"

November 22

Rachel Shelden, Director of the Richards Civil War Era Center; Associate Professor of History, Penn State University

"Justices, Politics, and the Union in Crisis"

November 29

Laura Savarese, Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History, NYU School of Law

“Taking the Child-Savers to Court: Habeas Litigation and the Origins of Family Rights”

Please email Peter Freedberger ( for a copy of the paper.