2016 AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago

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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 was Jillian Slaight, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jillian gave a great 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.

We had a productive business meeting, led by Chair Kasia Solon Cristobal. Minutes will circulate on the listserv. The business meeting was followed by a reception at Quartino Ristorante. 

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?

Our speakers gave insights on the answers to these questions, along with thoughts 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 were 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, Lecturer & 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.

This talk took attendees on a whirlwind trip through (just some) of the Windy City’s colorful legal history! AALL members Mike Maben and Scott Burgh talked about their research into the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, the 1880 stolen aldermanic election in the 14th Ward, and the Haymarket Executive Clemency Campaign. It's sports, politics, and law – the Chicago Way.

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

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