LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.
William Forbath is among the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His books include Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement and the forthcoming The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution. He has written dozens of articles, book chapters and essays on subjects like political, social and economic inequality in American constitutional thought and politics – past, present, and future; social and economic rights in the courts, state institutions and social movements of the Southern Hemisphere. He received his Ph.D. and J.D. from Yale University and holds an A.B. from Harvard and a B.A. from Cambridge. Forbath is on the boards of several local and international public interest and human rights organizations. At LAPA, he will pursue his most recent research interest in Jews, law and identity politics in the early twentieth century.