The Legal History Consortium and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, both of the University of Pennsylvania, together with the American Society for Legal History, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Program in Law and History at the University of Minnesota are sponsoring the conference "Ab Initio: Law in Early America." This conference will take place on June 16 – 17, 2010, and will focus on the legal history and historiography of North America to 1820. The conference will be held at the McNeil Center, located at 34th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia.
"Ab Initio" will feature work by early career scholars, as well as commentary and new work by senior legal historians. Conference panels include: Race, Servitude and Family; Borders and National Interests; Nation Building in the Early Republic; Democracy and Access to Government; and Control of the Courts in the Early Republic. Professor Bruce H. Mann of Harvard Law School will deliver the keynote address.