Conference on British Legal Manuscripts

S. F. C. Milson
S. F. C. Milson
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Thursday, April 3, 1986 to Saturday, April 5, 1986

This conference focused on the interaction between aspects of law and the humanities.

Sponsored by Northeastern Illinois University with support from the American Bar Foundation and the American Society for Legal History and organized by Sue Sheridan Walker, Northeastern Illinois University.

Thursday, April 4

Session 1. What Is a Plea Roll, Medieval and Modern?

Chair: Michael Hoeflich, University of Illinois College of Law (now at University of Kansas School of Law)

Common Law
Roy Hunnisett, Public Record Office

Local and Customary Law
Elaine Clark, University of Michigan-Dearborn (now emerita)

Ecclesiastical Law
Charles Donahue, Harvard University Law School

The Crown Side of King’s Bench in the Eighteenth Century
Doug Hay, Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University

Session 2. Substantive Law Recorded in the Plea Rolls

Chair: Charles Gray, University of Chicago

Thirteenth-Century Debt and Detinue
Robert Palmer, William and Mary School of Law (now at University of Houston)

Replevin
Paul Brand, Independent Scholar

Ejectment
Michael de L. Landon, University of Mississippi (now emeritus)

Debt in the Eighteenth Century
Clinton Francis, Northwestern University School of Law

Commentators
Paul Hyams, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (now at Cornell University)
Janet Loengard, Moravian College (now emerita)

Keynote Address

S. F. C. Milsom, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge

Discussants-at-large
Lloyd Bonfield, Tulane University Law School
W. Hamilton Bryson, University of Richmond Law School
James Ely, Jr., Vanderbilt University School of Law
Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago School of Law
Larry Poos, Catholic University of America
Steven Presser, Northwestern University Law School
Rayman Solomon, American Bar Foundation (now at Rutgers School of Law)

Saturday, April 5

Session 3. The Use of Legal Records for the History of the Family

Chair: Ambrose Raftis, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Wills: Church and Common Law
Michael Sheehan, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

The Feudal Family and Common Law Records
Sue Sheridan Walker, Northeastern Illlinois University (now emerita)

Manorial Families
Barbara Hanawalt, Indiana University (now emerita professor, Ohio State University)

Town Families
Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University

Commentators
James Brundage, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (now emeritus professor, University of Kansas)
Charles Young, Duke University (now emeritus)

Session 4. Lawyers’ Literature and the Formal Record

Chair: Samuel Thorne, Harvard University Law School

Plea Rolls and Law Reports: Evidence from the Medieval Eyres
Donald Sutherland, University of Iowa

Early Tudor Law Reports and the Plea Rolls
J. H. Baker, Saint Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

Change on the Plea Rolls: The Effect of Taltarum’s Case
Joseph Biancalana, University of Cinncinnati School of Law

The Notes of Eighteenth-Century Judges: How They Explain, Enhance, and Correct the Reports
James Oldham, Georgetown University School of Law

Commentators
J. S. Cockburn, University of Maryland
William McGovern, University of California, Los Angeles, Law School

Program committee

DeLloyd Guth, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago School of Law
Michael Hoeflich, University of Illinois College of Law (now at University of Kansas School of Law)
Janet Loengard, Moravian College (now emerita)
Mary Beth Rose, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Illinois at Chicago)
Local arrangements chair: Rayman Solomon, American Bar Foundation (now at Rutgers School of Law)

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