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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.
Abstract/Summary: "In this draft of my dissertation prospectus, I try to reconceptualise the development of First Amendment jurisprudence in the early American Republic, especially through the lens of church property litigation. By shedding light on the many connections that existed on a human, intellectual, and legal level between Britain and America, and on how these links affected litigation and jurisprudence, I hope to show that constitutional developments concerning religion in America were products of a cultural heritage it shared with Britain, and that this heritage continued to inform American law."