Legal History Consortium

Penn Law

Law & Social Movements Conference

September 26, 2008

Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodlawn Walk, Philadelphia PA 19104
Title: Law and Social Movements
Keynote: William Eskridge, John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School
Details: The conference will include panels on Law and Civil Rights, Resurgent Conservatism, Progressive-era Social Movements, and Crime and Punishment. Panelists and commentators will include Joshua Dubler, Paul Frymer, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Laura Kalman, Sophia Lee, Peter Pihos, Tom Sugrue, Marjorie Spruill, Steven Teles, Jane Dailey, Ajay Mehrotra, and Felice Batlan.

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 26, 2008
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast
 
9:30 AM - 10:50 AM  

Panel 1: Intersections: Labor and Civil Rights

Sophia Z. Lee, Department of History, Yale University: “Whose Rights?: Litigating the Right to Work, 1950-1980”

Paul Frymer, Department of Politics, Princeton University: “Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party”


Commentators:

Jane Dailey, Department of History, University of Chicago

Wendell Pritchett, University of Pennsylvania Law School

11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Panel 2: Resurgent Conservatism

Marjorie Spruill, Department of History, University of South Carolina: “Gender and America’s Right Turn: The 1977 IWY Conferences and the Polarization of American Political Culture”

Steven Teles, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University: “Transformative Bureaucracy: Lawyers, Social Movements and the Dynamics of Political Investment in Reagan’s DOJ”


Commentators:

Laura Kalman, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara

Thomas Sugrue, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch (Keynote: William Eskridge)

2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Panel 3: Law, Social Movements, and State-Building in the Progressive Era

Felice Batlan, Chicago-Kent College of Law: “The Birth of Legal Aid: Knightly Attorneys and Damsels in Distress”

Ajay K. Mehrotra, Indiana University, Bloomington (Law and History): “Lawyers, Guns & Public Monies: The U.S. Treasury, World War One, and the Administration of the Modern Fiscal State”


Commentators:

Michael Katz, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

William Novak, University of Chicago/University of Michigan

3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Panel 4: Politics, Prisons, and Punishment

Peter Pihos, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania: “Moving MOVE: Race, Police, and the Politics of Liberalism in 1970s Philadelphia”

Joshua Dubler, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University: “After the Raid: Reshaping Religion in the Era of Carceral Control”


Commentators:

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Law School and Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

David Kairys, Temple University, Beasley School of Law

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Reception

Conference Participants

Panelists and commentators include:
Felice Batlan
Jane Dailey
Joshua Dubler
Paul Frymer
Sarah Barringer Gordon
David Kairys
Laura Kalman
Michael Katz
Sophia Lee
Ajay Mehrotra
William Novak
Peter Pihos
Wendell Pritchett
Tom Sugrue
Marjorie Spruill
Steven Teles

Conference Papers

Note: All Papers are in PDF format and require a login to access. To request access, please email Anna Gavin at agavin@law.upenn.edu

The Birth of Legal Aid: Knightly Attorneys and Damsels in Distress
Felice Batlan, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities, Chicago-Kent College of Law

After the Raid: Reshaping Religion in the Era of Carceral Control
Joshua Dubler, Columbia University

Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party - Chapter 1
Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party - Chapter 3
Paul Frymer, Associate Professor of Politics, UC Santa Cruz

Whose Rights?: Litigating the Right to Work, 1950-1980
Sophia Lee, Ph.D Cand., Yale Univ. Dept. of History

Lawyers, Guns & Public Monies: The U.S. Treasury, World War One, and the Administration of the Modern Fiscal State
Ajay K. Mehrotra, Associate Professor, School of Law and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington

Moving MOVE: Race, Police, and Liberal Politics in 1970s Philadelphia
Peter Pihos, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

Gender and America’s Right Turn
Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History, University of South Carolina

Transformative Bureaucracy: Reagan’s Lawyers and the Dynamics of Political Investment
Steven M. Teles, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University