Nancy Buenger, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Newberry

Nancy Buenger, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, October 21, 2016


Center for American History and Culture Programs
History of Capitalism Seminar

Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago

Chancery (aka equity) is a juryless tribunal that can set aside the law’s letter. This enigmatic court allegedly met an early US demise, contrary to the rule of law, but it has flourished in Chicago as a leading national center for judicial innovation. A Roman canonical heritage, equity specializes in the reconstruction of property ownership. Extraordinary Remedies reveals equity as a powerful metropolitan engine and a cornerstone of the American rule of law. A graphic history, it invokes a tenet of key equity theorist Thomas Aquinas: images can cultivate the memory of subtle and spiritual things, which we readily forget.

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