It's my pleasure to announce that my friend Elizabeth Dale is stepping into the faculty lounge to sit with us for a spell. Elizabeth holds appointments in both the history department and the law school at the University of Florida, where she is a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. She was a civil rights lawyer for some years in Chicago before attending graduate school at the University of Chicago. You may recall that I have blogged about some of her work before, including her Criminal Justice in the United States, 1789-1939. (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and her article on popular constitutionalism via the web. Her extensive publications include The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century (NIU Press, 2011); The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago Versus Zephyr Davis (Ohio State University Press, 2001); and Debating and Creating Authority: The Failure of a Constitutional Ideal, Massachussetts Bay, 1629-1649 (Ashgate, 2001). Elizabeth also has chapters on the seventeenth century and on criminal law in A Companion to American Legal History and she is editor-in-chief of Law and HIstory Review.