This year’s meeting featured a talk by Boston College Law Professor Mary Sarah Bilder.
Annual Meeting and Spring Program
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Welcome Reception 5:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting and Program 5:30 p.m.
Greeting from the Court: Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants
Vote on New Co-Chair and Directors
Spring Program – Professor Mary Sarah Bilder
Networking and Refreshments 6:15 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse
Conference Suite, Second Floor
REVISING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
A talk by
Professor Mary Sarah Bilder
Boston College Law School
Professor Bilder teaches property, trusts and estates, and American legal and constitutional history at Boston College Law School. She received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and her A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Francis Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. She writes primarily in the areas of constitutionalism and the history of the Constitution, early American legal culture and the legal profession, and the history of the book and legal education.
Professor Bilder will talk about her most recent book, Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention. James Madison’s Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution’s creation. But how reliable is this account? In an unprecedented investigation that draws on digital technologies and traditional textual analysis to trace Madison’s composition, Professor Bilder reveals that Madison revised the Notes to a far greater extent than previously recognized, casting new light on our understanding of the framers’ intent.
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