I'm delighted to mention that the March 2016 issue of the American Journal of Legal History is up on the web and the hard copy will be arriving in subscribers' mailboxes very soon. This is the inaugural issue with our new publisher, Oxford University Press. From our founding in 1957 through last year the journal was published by Temple University's law school. As part of the re-launch, Stefan Vogenauer and I decided we wanted to hear from a slate of distinguished legal historians about where legal history scholarship is going (or should be going). We asked them to write articles about the "future of legal history." We invited them to write about how they were thinking about the future of legal history. Our authors ended up writing on a huge range, from the methods of analysis to the subjects, to what motivates us to write.
Also this morning at the OUP Blog I have a post about my aspirations for the American Journal of Legal History. The post emphasizes the applied aspects of legal history, but I hope and expect that we'll be publishing terrific scholarship across a broad range of subjects and geographic locations and time periods. Some will speak rather directly, I expect, to contemporary policy; much of the work will be directed at other questions and audiences. I love the illustration the editors chose for the post -- the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Close followers of faculty lounge may recall that it was the subject of a trivia question a while back.