Legal History of Civil War Topic of Hendricks Law and History Lecture

Lexington, VA Thursday, October 14, 2010


Prof. G. Edward White will deliver the 2010 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History.
The 2010 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History will be delivered by G. Edward White, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. The topic of Prof. White's talk is "Recovering the Legal History of the Civil War."

The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m. in the Julian Robertson Classroom (A), Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.

Prof. White is the author of 14 books including Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars, Tort Law in America: An Intellectual History, and Oliver Wendell Holmes: Sage of the Supreme Court. His 1996 book, Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953, reflects his life-long participation and interest in athletics. His works have won numerous honors and awards, including final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the James Willard Hurst Prize from the Law & Society Association, the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association, the Scribes Award and the Association of American Law Schools' Triennial Coif Award.

Prof. White received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He joined the Virginia law faculty in 1972 after a clerkship with Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court of the United States and a year as visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. He was appointed John B. Minor Professor of Law and History in 1987 and held that chair until 2003 when he became David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law.

He has held visiting appointments at New York Law School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Harvard Law School. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute. He received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award in 2008.

The Law and History lecture series was endowed by alumnus Pete Hendricks ('66A, '69L), who has a private practice in Atlanta specializing in land use zoning and government permitting. A history major himself, Hendricks also endowed the Ollie Crenshaw Prize in History at the University several years ago in honor of his favorite professor.

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