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Past Events

2016-17 Events

Law in Motion Lecture: "The Public Utility Idea and the Origins of Modern American Business Regulation.", Bill Novak (University of Michigan), May 22, 2017
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Law in Motion Conference: "Elections Then--The First Contested Elections" with David Houpt (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Andrew Trees (Roosevelt University), and Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Political Science); "Elections Now - The Current State of Election Law" with Victoria Saker Woeste (American Bar Foundation) and Joe Salvatore (New York University-Steinhardt School), May 12, 2017
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Law in Motion Key Note Speaker: "Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization in Redistricting and Voting Cases", Richard Hasen (University of California, Irvine School of Law), May 11, 2017
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Law in Motion Graduate Student Panel: "Mind How You Vote, Boys': Economic Intimidation and the Construction of an Illiberal Political Culture, 1873-1900., Gideon Cohn-Postar (History), "Rethinking the Legislative Process: 'Buffering Opportunities' as Limits of Social Movement Influence in Environmental Policymaking.", Joshua Basseches (Sociology), "Towards More Equal Participation? Early Voting, Mobilization, and Turnout Biases.", Mara Suttmann-Lea (Political Science), May 11, 2017
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Law in Motion Lecture: "From a Propped Open Door to Chinese Exclusion: The Long Reach of the Law of Slavery in American Relations with China", Dael Norwood (Binghamton University), May 3, 2017
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, May 1, 2017
Discussion of Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row by Forrest Stuart (University Of Chicago Press, 2016)

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, February 7, 2017
Discussion of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter (Yale University Press, 2016)

Legal Studies Meet, Greet & Treat - candy buffet and undergraduate information session, January 20, 2017

Legal Studies field trip to The Newberry Library for Joanne B. Freeman's lecture "Hunting for Hamilton: A User's Guide to Understanding a Confounding Founder", October 20, 2016

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, October 13, 2016
Discussion of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic by Professor Joanne B. Freeman (Yale University Press, 2002)

Constitution Day Lecture: "The Latino Community and Its Role in the Second Half Century of the Civil Rights Era", Thomas A. Saenz (President and General Counsel, MALDEF), October 6, 2016. Watch a video of this event.
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

Constitution Day, September 17, 2016

Weinberg Academic Directions Fair, September 14, 2016


2015-16 Events

Graduation Reception for Legal Studies Majors, June 17, 2016

Legal Studies Lecture: "Independence Lost: Lives of the Edge of the American Revolution", Kathleen DuVal (University of North Carolina), May 19, 2016. Watch a video of this event
   Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Law in Motion Lecture: "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People", Professor Elizabeth Fenn (University of Colorado - Boulder), May 12, 2016. Watch a video of this event
   Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, May 3, 2016
Discussion of Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s by Risa Goluboff (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Legal Studies Meet, Greet & Treat - candy buffet and undergraduate information session, February 22, 2016

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, February 23, 2016
Discussion of Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law (Law in Context) by Susan Haack (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Legal Studies Lecture: "The New History of American Slaveries", Professor Christina Snyder (Indiana University), January 25, 2016 Watch a video of this event. 
  
Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Legal Studies Lecture: "Is the Roberts Court Keeping Faith with America’s Second Founding?: The Supreme Court, the Reconstruction Amendments, and Constitutional Fidelity – A Look Back and a Look Ahead", Tom Donnelly (Constitutional Accountability Center), November 16, 2015
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, November 11, 2015
Discussion of Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind by Osagie K. Obasogie (Stanford Law Books, 2013)

Constitution Day Lecture: "Black‐Robed Policymakers or Defenders of The Constitution? When The Supreme Court Should and Should Not Govern Us", Professor Amanda Hollis‐Brusky (Pomona College), October 1, 2015
    Presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Constitution Day, September 17, 2015

Weinberg Majors/Minors Fair, September 17, 2015

2014-15 Events

Graduation Reception for Legal Studies Majors, June 19, 2015

Native Americans & the Law: "John Marshall and the Judicial Conquest of Native America", Lindsay Robertson (University of Oklahoma College of Law), May 14, 2015

Law in Motion Conference - Race and Property from the 18th to the 21st Centuries: John Robinson, III, Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, Jennifer Miller, Tera Agyepong, Shaundra Myers, Tracy Steffes, Andrew R. L. Cayton, Samantha Seeley, John Reda, Kim Welch, May 7 & 8, 2015
    Co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Law in Motion Lecture: Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science,  Professor of Political Science, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, "The King’s Three Bodies: Law’s Immortality and Animality in Euripides’ The Bacchae and Melville’s Moby-Dick”, May 7, 2015
    Co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the support of a grant from the Templeton Foundation.
Native Americans & the Law: David Nichols, Indiana State University: "Charters of Sovereignty: Treaties and Nation-Building in Native North America, 1790-1870", May 5, 2015

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, April 28, 2015
Discussion of Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Studies in Postwar American Political Development) by Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Oxford University Press, 2015)

The Illinois Humanities Council presents "The State of Reproductive Freedom in America: A Conversation With Katha Pollitt", April 17, 2015

Native Americans & the Law: Phil Deloria, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: "Toward an American Indian Abstract: What an Unknown Artist Might Tell Us About Celebrity, Modernity, Anthropology, the 1930s, and a Few Other Things Besides", April 2, 2015

Legal Studies Meet & Greet and candy buffet, February 23, 2015

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, February 10, 2015
Discussion of Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran by Afsaneh Najmabadi (Duke University Press, 2013)

Graduating Majors Dinner, February 9, 2015

Legal Studies Goes to the Movies!: Selma, January 26, 2015

Native Americans & the Law: Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University Law School, "At the Margins of the Constitution: Native Voting Rights," November 3, 2014

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, October 28, 2014
Discussion of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire (Knopf, 2010)

Legal Studies Faculty Advisory Board Meeting and Faculty/Graduate Student Reception, October 13, 2014

Constitution Day Lecture: "The Origins of American Federalism", Alison LaCroix, October 9, 2014

Constitution Day, September 17, 2014

2013-14 Events

Graduation Reception for Legal Studies Majors, June 20, 2014

The Constitution: Then and Now: Professor David Cole (Georgetown University Law Center), May 29, 2014

The Constitution: Then and Now: Woody Holton (McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina), May 15, 2014

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, May 13, 2014
Discussion of Randol Contreras, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream (University of California Press, 2013) 

Law in Motion Conference - Institutionalizing Dissent: From the Founding Fathers to Guantánamo: Neal Katyal, Nathaniel Green, Michelle Orihel, Carolyn Shapiro, Joshua Wilson, May 2, 2014
    In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and the Templeton Foundation, with support from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Harris Lecture Fund, Northwestern University Law School, and the Departments of Political Science, History, and Sociology.

Law in Motion Lecture: Institutionalizing Dissent: Neal Katyal (Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University), May 1, 2014
    In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and the Templeton Foundation, with support from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Harris Lecture Fund, Northwestern University Law School, and the Departments of Political Science, History, and Sociology. To watch video of this event, click here

The Constitution: Then and Now: Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University Law School, April 24, 2014

The Constitution: Then and Now: Eric Slaughter, Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago, April 17, 2014

Meet & Greet for students considering a major in Legal Studies, Feb. 26, 2014

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, Feb. 13, 2014
Discussion of Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2010) 

2012-13 Events

Graduate Student/Faculty Legal Studies Reading Group, Nov. 12, 2013
Discussion of Mariana Valverde, Everyday Law on the Street (University of Chicago Press, 2012) 

Legal Studies Faculty & Graduate Student Reception, Oct. 29, 2013

Constitution Day Lecture: Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School, "On What the Framers Would Mean by 'Corruption,'" Sept. 20, 2013. Comments by Prof. Erin Delaney, Northwestern Law School
    Co-sponsored with The Jack Miller Center For Teaching America's Founding Principles and History and the Illinois Institute of Technology

Graduation Reception for Legal Studies Majors and Minors, June 21, 2013

New Majors Meet & Greet, May 7, 2013

Meet & Greet for students considering a major in Legal Studies, April 9, 2013

Law in Motion Lecture: Paul Smith, Jenner and Block, "Strategic Litigation of New Civil Rights Claims: From Lawrence v. Texas to the Defense of Marriage Act," Feb. 21, 2013; comments by Prof. Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

Legal Studies Graduate Reading Group, Feb. 12, 2013 – Discussion of Joshua Page, The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Legal Studies Graduate Reading Group, Nov. 13, 2012 – Discussion of Joanna Grisinger, The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics since the New Deal (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Weinberg Majors/Minors Fair, Sept. 24, 2012 

2011-12 Events

Graduation Reception for Legal Studies Majors and Minors, June 15, 2012

Legal Studies Graduate Reading Group, May 8, 2012 – Discussion of Joey Mogul, Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press, 2012); and Mignon Moore, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women (University of California Press, 2011). 

Law in Motion Lecture, Feb. 23, 2012 – Dan Kanstroom, Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Program at Boston College Law School, “Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History”; comments by Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Northwestern University Department of Political Science and Legal Studies  

Legal Studies Graduate Reading Group, Feb. 7, 2012 - Discussion of Dan Kanstroom, Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (Harvard University Press, 2007)

Legal Studies Graduate Reading Group, Oct. 18, 2011 - Discussion of Emma Cunliffe, Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Hart Publishing, 2011)  

Weinberg Majors/Minors Fair, Sept. 9, 2011

2010-2011 Events

Legal Studies Movie Night: Dislocation, a documentary by Sudhir Venkatesh William B. Ransford Professor, Department of Sociology, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University; comments by Nicole Bazer, Adjunct Professor, Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University, Jan. 27, 2010