During the Fall Term of 2011 the Seminar will be a joint offering of the University of Maryland School of Law and the Department of History of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Law students will work together with graduate student in history to consider Baltimore’s unique position during the American Civil War. Case studies into selected decisions of Maryland and federal courts will serve a vehicle for inquiry into controversies concerning civil liberties, slavery, taxation, railroads, spying, treason and others.
Special attention will be given to the legal documentation involved in the resolution of these cases (the dockets, transcripts, depositions, exhibits and working papers, etc.). Students will be encouraged to find and use as primary sources for historical study the legal documents found in the Baltimore and Maryland and National archives, and on digital data bases. Each student will be called upon to prepare a case study that puts a court decision in its social, economical and political context.
Law students may use their papers in satisfaction of the law school’s writing requirement. The Seminar will be conducted at the University of Maryland Law School at 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201.
The Instructors are:
Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist;
Professor Garrett Power, University of Maryland School of Law; and
Bill Sleeman, Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of Maryland School of Law, Thurgood Marshall Law Library.
Instructor from UMBC –TBA
Current & Previous Instructors:
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Last offered Fall 2011.