It's my pleasure to announce that Joshua Stein is stepping into the faculty lounge to sit with us for a spell. Josh holds a Ph.D. in history from UCLA, where he wrote a dissertation on "The Right to Violence: Assault Prosecution in New York City, 1760-1840." His publications include "Privatizing Violence: A Transformation in the Jurisprudence of Assault" in the Law and History Review in May 2012, "Tenative Oral Opinions: Reforming Appellate Procedure on the Cheap," which has just appeared in the Journal of Appellate Practice and Procedure, and "Historians Before the Bench: Orginalism, Law Office History, and the Battle Over the Past" in the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. You may also recall that he visited at the legal history blog last year and that he tweets @lawhistory.
Josh is finishing up a JD at Yale and will be joining Boies, Schiller and Flexner next year. While we've had other historians hang out with us before, we've not had -- so far as I can recall -- someone who's currently a law student. Josh will bring a different perspective from what we usually have here. I'm really looking forward to his posts on legal history and I'm guessing a bunch of other topics, too.