Symposium: Necessary to Form a Lawyer

Thu, May 9, 2019, 4:00 pm to Fri, May 10, 2019, 8:00 pm
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Princeton University Press
Center for Collaborative History
Program in Law and Public Affairs
James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Humanities Council

Law, History, and Political Thought in Thomas Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book

Thursday, May 9

4 p.m.


4:30 p.m.


  • Introduction: Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
  • Address: David Konig and Michael Zuckert

Friday, May 10

8:30 a.m.

Panel 1 • Commonplacing: Jefferson’s Method and Purpose

  • Chair: Sarah Rivett (Princeton University)
  • Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Tony Grafton (Princeton University)
  • Karin Wulf (Omohundro Institute)
10:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Panel 2 • Underpinnings of the Law (I): Jefferson and the Whig Tradition

  • Chair: Hendrik Hartog (Princeton University)
  • Bernadette Meyler (Stanford University)
  • David Lieberman (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Daniel Hulsebosch (New York University)
11:45 a.m.


1:15 p.m.

Panel 3 • Underpinnings of the Law (II): History and Political Philosophy

  • Chair: Michael Zuckert (University of Notre Dame)
  • Hannah Spahn (Universität Potsdam)
  • Frank Cogliano (University of Edinburgh)
2:45 p.m.


3 p.m.

Panel 4 • From Studying Law to Making Laws: The State in the Legal Commonplace Book

  • Chair: Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
  • Jessica Lowe (University of Virginia)
  • Christopher Michael Curtis (Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University)
  • Ellen Holmes Pearson (UNC Asheville)
5 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Introduction: Sean Wilentz (Princeton University)
  • Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School)
6 p.m.