2002 Founders' Celebration Events

Legitimating Fictions A Symposium on Law and Literature

March 1, 2002

Washington College of Law hosted a one-day symposium that both emphasized recent developments in contemporary interdisciplinary law and literature scholarship and teaching that reflects critically on the state of the interdiscipline at the millenniums's turn. Confirmed speakers include Peter Goodrich, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; David Caudill, Washington and Lee University School of Law; Australian Scholar William MacNeil, Griffith University School of Law; and WCL Professors Mark Niles and Penelope Pether.


8:30 am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 10:30 am

  • David S. Caudill, "Scientific Narratives in Law: Contours of a Law, Literature, and Science Movement"

  • Adam Thurschwell, "Law and Literature and the Right to Death"

10:30 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am - 12:30 pm
Law and Popular Culture

  • Blake D. Morant, "Lawyers and Television: Lights, Cameras, Action, and the Theory of Presentment"

  • Mark Niles, "The Relationship Between Law and Justice in American Popular Culture"

  • William MacNeil, "You Slay Me! Buffy as Jurisprude of Desire"

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Subjects of Law and Gender

  • Peter Goodrich, "Amici Curiae: Lawful Manhood and Other Juristic Fictions in Renaissance England"

  • Penelope Pether, "Reading Measure for Measure: towards an equitable foundational legal pedagogy"

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

David S. Caudill, J.D., Ph.D. (philosophy), is Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. His books include Lacan and the Subject of Law (1997), and his current research and recent publications are in the field of law/science relations, including admissibility of the testimony of expert witnesses.

Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, New York. He is author of Reading the Law (Oxford, 1986); Legal Discourse (London, 1992) and most recently of Oedipus Lex (Berkeley, 1996) and Law in the Courts of Love (1998). He is currently working on a book on the laws of friendship.

William MacNeil, MA (Tor), LLB (Dal), LLM (Lond), JSD (Col), teaches at Griffith University (Nathan Campus), Brisbane, Australia. Additionally, he is a Loewenstein Visiting Fellow in Jurisprudence and Political Science in the Department of Political Science, Amherst College, Amherst, Ma, USA where he is completing a book on law and popular culture.

Blake D. Morant is Professor of Law and Director, Francis Lewis Law Center, Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Morant's scholarship includes contract theory, communications and media law, law and social psychology, and law and literature.

Mark Niles is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School and an associate professor at American University, Washington College of Law. He has taught Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Governmental Liability, and Law and Popular Culture since 1998.

Penelope Pether, BA, LLB, PhD (Syd.); MLitt (UNE) is Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches Legal Rhetoric and Criminal Law. She is a former President of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, and is a member of the editorial boards of Law and Critique, Law and Literature, and Law/Text/Culture. Professor Pether has published widely on law, literature and feminism; legal discourse and rhetoric; and legal theory. She has a particular interest in legal subject formation.

Adam Thurschwell is Assistant Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. He has represented defendants in capital prosecutions, including Terry Nichols, one of the two individuals charged in the federal Oklahoma City bombing case. He writes about contemporary continental philosophy and about the death penalty.