Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History Madison, Wisconsin June 8-21, 2003
Co-sponsored by The American Society of Legal History The Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School
The American Society for Legal History and the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the second biennial J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History. The purpose of the Hurst Summer Institute is to advance the approach to legal scholarship fostered by J. Willard Hurst in his teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. The “Hurstian perspective” emphasizes the importance of understanding law in context; it is less concerned with the characteristics of law as developed by formal legal institutions than with the way in which positive law manifests itself as the "law in action." The Hurst Summer Institute assists scholars from law, history, and other disciplines in pursuing research in legal history. The two week program is informal, and features discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute.
The 2003 Hurst Summer Institute will be led by Lawrence M. Friedman, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Robert W. Gordon, Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and Legal History at Yale University. The program also will include visiting faculty and guest lecturers. The Applications Committee, chaired by Alfred L. Brophy, Professor of Law at University of Alabama, will select up to twelve Fellows to work with the convenors and visiting faculty for a two week period at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Preference will be given to applications from scholars in the early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates with appropriate backgrounds). More advanced scholars may also apply.
Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire term of the Institute, June 8-21, 2003. Fellows will be expected to participate in all activities of the Institute and give an informal works‑in‑progress presentation in the second half of the term.
The Institute for Legal Studies will provide a private room at The Lowell Center, a conference facility on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, will provide most meals, and will pay for reasonable travel expenses.
To apply, submit the following materials and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the address below. Please submit a total of 7 copies of your application package:
Cover sheet with your name and all contact information
Estimated travel budget
Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your current work, specific research interests, and what you hope to gain by attending the Institute.
Applications are due January 15, 2003. We expect to announce decisions by March 15, 2003.
For more information about Legal History and comments from participating fellows at the 2001 Hurst Summer Institute, consult the ILS webpage at http://www.law.wisc.edu/ils/.
Questions about the Hurst Summer Institute may be directed to Pam Hollenhorst, Assistant Director, Institute for Legal Studies, at the email address below.
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