Great Speakers for Legal Audiences
Click on a speaker for more information. Witt and Dudziak photos courtesy Emory University School of Law.
Whether you're planning a public lecture, a conference, or a continuing legal education (CLE) event, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program can connect you with top-notch American historians.
OAH Lecturers engage legal audiences
OAH Distinguished Lecturers address all aspects of U.S. history, visiting law schools as well as colleges, libraries, museums, and historical societies around the country. For example:
Sally Barringer Gordon spoke on school prayer and constitutional law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Chief Justice (Ret.) Frank J. Williams spoke on "Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer" during a CLE panel sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association.
National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle spoke about the Ossian Sweet case to an annual dinner hosted by the labor and employment section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Lori D. Ginzberg discussed women's suffrage at an American Bar Association workshop for teachers in Washington, D.C., cosponsored with the Federal Judicial Center's History Office.
OAH Lecturers address topical themes
OAH Distinguished Lecturers can provide context for current events, addressing topics of interest to legal as well as general audiences:
- immigration history, including guest workers and the origins of "illegal immigration"
- criminal justice, including mass incarceration, gay/lesbian prison activism, and economic marginalization and the illicit drug economy
- environmental history, including western water rights and oil pipeline politics
- labor history, including company towns and the origins of health insurance, a queer history of the workplace, and big-box stores' impacts on the economy and society
- civil rights, including the Voting Rights Act, educational civil rights redress, black women and public housing, and the American Indian child adoption crisis
- human rights, including retrospective justice, such as reparations; the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; and campaigns against global poverty
OAH Lecturers illuminate legal and constitutional history
The speakers below specialize in American legal and constitutional history: