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November 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hosted online. Register below.
$200 SAR member; $250 non-member
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The fall 2020 SAR In-Depth courses are all taught online so participants can join from anywhere. These courses offer one of the most unique ways to engage with leading scholars in a small group format. Explore the full fall line up here.

For the first time, SAR is also offering the option to register to receive the course recordings after the sessions are complete for people who are interested in the topics but who are unable to attend the online courses live.


Topics in American Legal History: The Rule of Law 

Course Description: 

This course will examine major themes in the history of American Law from the legacy of the Magna Carta to the most significant recent decisions of the Supreme Court. Topics will include establishing the rule of law in remote colonies, the law of slavery and the legal consequences of the Fugitive Slave Law, the role of contract law in creating a dynamic economy, the dispossession of Native Americans, crime and punishment, the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent, and the right to privacy. The goal of the course is to give an understanding of the history of law in America and its influence on society over time. Readings will consist of edited cases and decisions.

Michael Hindus. Photo courtesy of Michael Hindus.

Course Leader: Michael Stephen Hindus 

Michael Hindus earned his AB from Columbia, his Ph.D. in history from Berkeley, and his JD from Harvard Law School.  He is the author of two books and numerous articles in legal history.  He taught legal history at the University of Minnesota and Stanford Law School and currently teaches a seminar in legal history at Columbia.  As an attorney in private practice for nearly four decades, he was a partner in the San Francisco office of an international law firm where he specialized in renewable energy. 

This course will take place across four sessions:

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 // 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time)

Thursday, November 12, 2020 // 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 // 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time)

Thursday, November 19, 2020 // 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time)

Cost: $200 for SAR members; $250 for non-members.

If you cannot take part in the live in-depth course, there is also a NEW option to register to receive the recorded course after the live sessions have taken place.  


If you would like to become an SAR member and receive a discount to attend this class and other benefits, click here.

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