Legal History and Rare Books SIS

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Meetings and Programs

2009 AALL Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

Sunday, July 26, 2009: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location TBA – check final program

Join your friends in the LHRB-SIS as we meet and greet, wrap up the year’s activities and events, and begin planning for next year.

LHRB-SIS Reception / Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest Award Ceremony

Sunday, July 26, 2009: 7-9 pm
George Washington University Law Library (directions)

After our Business Meeting, please join your LHRB-SIS colleagues as we adjourn to a reception at the George Washington University Law Library, a short Metro ride from the Convention Center. We will sample hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and celebrate the first winner of our SIS’s new Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest, co-sponsored by LHRB and Gale Publishing. If you plan to join us, please RSVP on the Annual Meeting’s Registration Form so that we can get an accurate head count for planning purposes. Many thanks to Gale, and to our hosts, Scott Pagel and Jennie Meade of GWU. We hope to see you there!

LHRB-SIS Roundtable and Luncheon: Presentation of Winning Cohen Student Essay Contest Paper (tentative)

Monday, July 27, 2009: 12 noon – 1:15 pm
Renaissance Hotel – check final program for room location

Join us for lunch and a chance to hear the first winner of the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest deliver his or her paper (tentative – depending on the student’s availability).

LHRB-SIS-Sponsored Educational Programs:

Program B-5: Lincoln, the Law, and Libraries

Sunday, July 26, 2009: 3-4 pm
Location TBA – check final program

Celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth by exploring his connection to modern libraries. The speakers will present an in-depth look at several important resources for Lincoln’s original documents and papers. First, the panel will examine a traditional resource for historical research, the archival collection, with a behind-the-scenes look at the Lincoln Manuscripts at the Library of Congress. Next, they will describe the Lincoln Legal Papers Project, which has produced two seminal reference works providing contemporary researchers with both print and electronic access to Lincoln’s legal materials. Finally, the speakers will share their expertise and insight into the complex processes involved in developing and maintaining their collections of historical documents and ensuring access to the materials in various formats. This program will provide librarians with a unique perspective on the Lincoln legacy and its role in our profession.

  • Stacy Etheredge, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, University of Richmond Law Library

  • Etheldra G. Scoggin, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, Loyola University College of Law Library

  • John R. Sellers, Library of Congress

  • Daniel W. Stowell, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln

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Program J-1: “Digging” Legal History: Using Exhumation and Innovative Forensic Science Techniques to Verify Historical Legal Events

Tuesday July 28, 2:30-3:15 pm
Location TBA – check final program

Forensic science, the application of science to the law, is a vital tool for determining the likely scenario of a past event. Physical evidence, such as bones, hair or body fluids, obtained during exhumation, can provide the forensic scientist with adequate proof to postulate with a high degree of accuracy the sequence of occurrences associated with a past event, such as an unusual death or suspected murder. Professor James Starrs, a leading expert on the use of forensics in the courtroom, will examine how modern forensic science techniques, unavailable or unutilized at the time of the events in question, can alter or confirm recorded legal history. Starrs will illustrate his presentation with examples from some of the many re-investigations of cases he has handled involving exhumation of historical figures, including Louisiana Senator Huey Long’s alleged assassin, Dr. Carl Weiss, and CIA scientist Frank Olson, whose mysterious 1953 death was characterized by the U.S. government as a suicide.

  • Jennie C. Meade, Coordinator and Moderator, George Washington University, Jacob Burns Law Library

  • James E. Starrs, George Washington University Law School

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