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We are hoping have a great turnout at the LHRB-SIS events at AALL in Chicago this year! Here's a summary of our programming: 


Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation
Sunday, July 17
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hyatt-Soldier Field

This year’s Legal History and Rare Books SIS’s Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition winner is Jillian Slaight, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Come hear her engaging talk about the research and writing behind her winning essay, “Seductive Arguments: Law, Elopement & the Erosion of Parental Authority in Pre-Revolutionary France.” Throughout the early modern period, French law forbade unsanctioned marriages between minors, a crime classified as “seduction.” Men who wed without the consent of their bride’s parents faced the potential of capital punishment. From the 1760s until the eve of the Revolution, defense lawyers wielded the legal brief as a powerful instrument of public opinion, transforming seduction cases into referendums on paternal power – and, by extension, the power of the monarchy itself. Yet these same legal discourses constrained female happiness to the realm of marriage.


LHRB-SIS Business Meeting
Sunday, July 17
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt-Toronto


LHRB-SIS Reception
Sunday, July 17
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Quartino Ristorante
626 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654


The Once and Future Presidential Library: From Lincoln to Obama
Monday, July 18
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Hyatt-Columbus EF

Here we are in Chicago, Illinois — the land of Lincoln and the "Sweet Home" of which President Obama sings. These two presidents have become indelibly linked. How will their physical legacies compare? Everything related to Lincoln is now considered worth preserving, yet the federal presidential library system only came later. How does access compare for the more remote Lincoln versus the more immediate Obama? How much can even be preserved — will we get to see what Obama emailed on his not one, but two, BlackBerries? Come be in the know on the newest presidential library, from its location and design to the logistics of processing materials prior to their release to researchers. 

The speakers in this LHRB-sponsored program are Olivia Mahoney, Senior Curator at the Chicago History Museum; Blair Kamin, Columnist and Architecture Critic at the Chicago Tribune; John Laster, Diector, Presidential Materials Division, at the National Archives and Records Administration; and Kasia Solon Cristobal, Lecture & Reference Librarian (Student Services Coordinator) at the University of Texas, Jamil Center for Legal Research. 


LHRB-SIS Host City History Roundtable
Baseball, Ballots, and Bombs: Why Chicago’s Legal History Still Resonates 

Monday, July 18
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Hyatt-Columbian

Take a whirlwind trip through (just some) of the Windy City’s colorful legal history! Come listen to AALL members Mike Maben and Scott Burgh talk about their researches into the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, the 1880 stolen aldermanic election in the 14th Ward, and the Haymarket Executive Clemency Campaign. Its sports, politics, and law – the Chicago Way.


LHRB-SIS Archives Roundtable
Monday, July 18
5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt-Dusable


LHRB-SIS Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable
Monday, July 18
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt-Skyway 272