Necessary to Form a Lawyer

A Symposium on Law, History, and Political Thought in Thomas Jefferson's Legal Commonplace Book

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 4:30pm to Fri, 05/10/2019 - 6:00pm
McCormick 101
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Organized by the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University


Thursday, May 9

4:00 p.m.  Welcome

4:30 p.m.  Keynote
Introduction: Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
Address: David Konig and Michael Zuckert

Friday, May 10

9 a.m.
Panel 1:  Commonplacing: Jefferson’s Method and Purpose

  • Chair: Sarah Rivett (Princeton University)
  • Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Tony Grafton (Princeton University)
  • Karin Wulf (Omohundro Institute)
10:30 a.m.  Break


11 a.m.
Panel 2:  Underpinnings of the Law (I): Jefferson and the Whig Tradition

  • Chair: Dirk Hartog (Princeton University)
  • Bernadette Meyler (Stanford University)
  • David Lieberman (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Daniel Hulsebosch (New York University)
12:30 p.m.  Break for Lunch


2:00 p.m.
Panel 3:  Underpinnings of the Law (II): History and Political Philosophy

  • Chair: Michael Zuckert (University of Notre Dame)
  • Hannah Spahn (Universität Potsdam)
  • Frank Cogliano (University of Edinburgh)
3:30 p.m.  Break


4 p.m.
Panel 4:  From Studying Law to Making Laws: The State in the Legal Commonplace Book

  • Chair: Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
  • Jessica Lowe (University of Virginia)
  • Christopher Michael Curtis (Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University)
  • Ellen Holmes Pearson (UNC Asheville)


6 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Introduction: Sean Wilentz (Princeton University)
Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School)

7 p.m.  Reception



Co Sponsor(s): 
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University Press. Center for Collaborative History, Program in Law and Public Affairs, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Humanities Council