14 July 2007

LHRB SIS Programs Feature Louisiana and Roman Law

The Legal History and Rare Books SIS is pleased to be sponsoring two formal programs, co-sponsoring one formal program, and presenting our annual Roundtable, at the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting. In addition, current members and those interesting in becoming members, should plan to attend the LHRB SIS Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, 4:15pm-5:15pm, in Convention Center Room 230. Here we will review LHRB SIS projects and programs as well as discuss educational programming for the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting.

On Sunday, July 15th, 1:30pm-2:45pm, in Convention Center Room 215/216, A-6. Taking Up the Gauntlet: the Duel in Southern Legal History will feature Bertram Wyatt-Brown, the Richard J. Milbauer Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Florida and a leading historian of the American South. Dr. Wyatt-Brown will discuss the history of the duel, how the duel of honor became entrenched in Southern culture, why it flourished, and how it died. This program will be coordinated and moderated by Jennie Meade, Rare Books Librarian at the George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library.

The bulk of LHRB SIS programming will be on Monday, July 16th. 8:45am-10:15am, in Convention Center Room 215/216, D-6. Rome: the Power of Film to Teach Foundations of Roman and Civil Law will demonstrate the educational opportunities afforded by audiovisual materials, as it draws upon the powerful images of the HBO series “Rome,” to explain key elements of Roman Law. This program is being co-sponsored by the Micrographics/Audiovisual SIS and Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS. It will be coordinated and moderated by Laura Ray, Educational Programming Librarian at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and the speakers will include Bernard Keith Vetter, the Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Next, 11:45am-1:00pm, in the Hilton Grand Salon 6, the LHRB SIS Roundtable will present Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Cowell’s Interpreter. Joel Fishman, Assistant Director for Lawyer Services at the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information / Allegheny County Law Library, will coordinate this examination of the history of legal dictionaries in Anglo-American law and their use in legal literature, and the speakers will include Warren Billings, Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of New Orleans. The LHRB SIS Roundtable will not conflict with formal programs, and we plan to offer light refreshments. 2:00pm-3:15pm, after our Roundtable, in Convention Center Room 217/218, F-3. Huey Long, the Press, and the Fourteenth Amendment: Louisiana’s Contribution to Modern Constitutional Law will examine the unique situations and personalities that led to Louisiana legislation on the taxation of advertising in newspapers, as well as the Grosjean v. American Press Co. U.S. Supreme Court decision in reference to the modern development of freedom of the press in the United States. This program will be coordinated by Etheldra Scoggin, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, moderated by Stacy Etheredge, Reference Librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the speakers will be James E. Viator, Associate Professor of Law at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Michael L. Kurtz, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History at Southeastern Louisiana University, and Richard D. White, Professor of Public Administration at Louisiana State University.

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