University of Wisconsin–Madison

Legal History and Religion Faculty Workshop

Sept. 24, 2010 in Lubar Commons (7200 Law)


A Legal History and Religion Workshop (by invitation, with required readings) will take place Friday, September 24, 2010 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Lubar Commons (7200 Law).  The workshop is chaired by Mitra Sharafi Assistant Professor of Law. Readings for this workshop will be posted on a password-protected site.  All participants are expected to read the papers before the workshop and to come prepared to discuss each piece after the author makes brief introductory remarks.

Attendance is limited to a small group of faculty in order to facilitate discussion of each paper. If you are interested in attending and actively participating in this workshop, please contact Mitra Sharafi at


8:30  Coffee and Conversation

9:00  Welcome and Introductions: Mitra Sharafi, Program Chair (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin)

9:00-9:45 "The Place of Faith: Religion and Property in American History" by Sally Barringer Gordon (Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law & Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania)

9:45-10:30 "When the Devil Went to Law School: Law and Religion in the Fourteenth Century" by Karl Shoemaker (Associate Professor of History and Law, University of Wisconsin)

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50-11:35 "Power, Property, and Status within the Catholic Church and American State: The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 19th Century America" by Linda Przybyszewski (Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame)

11:35  Break and walk to lunch venue.

12:00  Lunch for workshop participants
          Husnu’s, 547 State Street

1:30-2:15 "Responsa in Hindu Law" by Don R. Davis (Associate Professor, Languages and Culture of Asia, University of Wisconsin)

2:15-3:00 "Who is a Jew and the Law --  Between London and Jerusalem" by Daphne Barak-Erez (Professor of Law and Stewart and Judy Colton Chair of Law and Security, University of Tel Aviv Law School)

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 "Good Faith" by Nancy Buenger (Law and Society Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin Law School)

4:15-5:00 "Minority Strategies for Controlling Law: The Zoroastrians of Colonial India" by Mitra Sharafi

5:00  Adjourn

7:00  Dinner for Workshop Participants
         Chautara, 334 State Street.

Participant List with Bio Statements

         (updated 9/14/10)

Workshop Papers (access limited)

Login and password are required to view the papers, which will be accessible only to workshop participants. As of 9/7/10 all papers have been posted.

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