Legal History

1099 ABA Journal Legal History articles.

Legal Records Inform Economic Thesis

A researcher analyzed medieval wills and learned that the rich had more surviving children than the poor.

“The modern population of the English is largely descended from the economic upper…

Civil Rights Crusader Hill Dies at 100

Updated: Renowned civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill has died. He was 100.

A family friend told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Hill died peacefully at his home on…

New Bankruptcy Dept for Cravath

Signaling a sea change in the way that one of New York City’s most prestigious, upper-echelon law firms runs its practice, Richard Levin has now been working as a partner…

Famous Lawyer Defended Bridge Suit

Lawsuits following a major tragedy such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse aren’t considered all that unusual–unless one of the lawyers involved in the litigation turns out…

Interest Wanes in $100 M Murder Trial

As the trial the man alleged to be Canada’s most prolific serial killer ever nears an end, after six months and at a cost of some $100 million (Canadian) dollars,…

Pakistan Prez, Top Judge Reconciling?

Four months after he sought to remove Pakistan’s top judge from the bench, the country’s president is now trying to get back on his good side.

After a July 20…

August 10, 1977

Son of Sam is Arrested

1st Native American Lawyer in SD Dies

Corrected: Ramon Roubideaux, a well-known American Indian lawyer who represented activists involved in the 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1973,…

50th Year of ABA Silver Gavel Awards

The Boston Globe won both an award and an honorable mention in the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards presented this week by ABA President Karen J. Mathis for outstanding…

Scott Turow: Ban Billable Hour

When Scott Turow’s daughter mentioned that she might want to be a litigator, his reaction was not positive. At the time the best-selling author quit his former job as a…

Alcatraz Visit: Feel Like a Prisoner

The atmosphere is dank, dreary and depressing. Nor are the stories told by those who spent time there accounts of happy times. Nonetheless, Alcatraz, the infamous prison on an island…

Death Penalty for ‘Most Prolific’ LA Killer

Updated: A pizza deliveryman and convicted rapist who reportedly has murdered more victims than any other serial killer in Los Angeles history was sentenced to death today.

Chester Turner, 40,…

July 1, 1997

Sun Sets on British Empire

Stories You Won’t Read in Books

Law Library of Congress celebrates its 175th anniversary

Pope Reverts to Traditional Election Rule: Two Thirds to Put Next Pope in Office

Bowing to traditional canon law, Pope Benedict XV has reinstated the traditional rule for papal elections.

From now on a two-thirds majority must vote to elect a new pope, the…

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