We’re pleased to announce that our 2015 Lawlapalooza Kindle winner is Jonathan Bialosky. Scott Pagel, Director and Professor of Law, presented Jonathan with his Kindle. Find out more about Lawlapalooza 2015.
Thanks to all who attended our research fair and made it a great success!
|Date:||Wednesday, February 11, 2015|
|Location:||Stockton Hall Lounges|
As any Downton Abbey fan knows, the popular show includes lots of plot twists and turns based on British law in the early 20th Century. A male only entail that tied up the title and the estate created the first dramatic crisis for the Earl of Grantham, when the Earl and his wife learn that his heir perished along with his son on the ill-fated Titanic. Without a male heir, the estate and the title would be no more as Lord Robert’s daughters were not eligible to inherit. The family turned to Matthew Crawley, a male third cousin once-removed, who fittingly was a solicitor.
Just as this season hits its mid-point on PBS, our first floor Downton Abbey display takes a closer look at some of the legal issues that were central to the last four seasons, including the entail and death taxes. (Unfortunately, Mr. Bates’ legal woes are just too big for our display case! Tune in to find out more about Mr. Bates and his trials and tribulations.) Included in our display is the text from the recent bill before the British Parliament to end male only primogeniture for aristocratic titles, how death taxes would have affected the estate after Matthew’s death, and some fun quotes from our favorite Downton Abbey characters.
Be sure to stop by before this season ends!
On January 8, 1815, Gen. Andrew Jackson led American troops to victory in a British attack on New Orleans. The battle, the last major battle in the War of 1812, was fought after peace was declared with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent between the United States and Great Britain on December 24, 1814. It was ratified by the United States Senate on February 18, 1815. The treaty restored each country to its position prior to the outbreak of war: it restored conquered territory, reestablish boundaries, and returned prisoners. The treaty did not specifically prohibit impressment, but the British Navy’s need for sailors decreased significantly with the defeat of Napoleon in 1814.
The United States declared war on Great Britain in June 1812 over the impressment of unwilling U.S. citizens into the British navy, the economic blockade of France and the neutrality of United States vessels and British support of hostile tribes of Native Americans along the Mississippi.
The Treaty of Ghent was not the first treaty to settle a dispute for the young nation. For example, the Barbary Treaty of Peace and Friendship was signed in 1796 and ratified in 1797 to end state-sponsored piracy by the Bey of Tripoli along the northern coast of Africa.
For more on the War of 1812 and the treaty, see:
Just in time for Halloween, the Jacob Burns Law Library presents “Zombies and the Law” in our first floor display case. We explore Haitian law aimed at criminalizing the process of zombification, the use of zombie terminology to explain complex legal theory, and some issues that the law would face in light of a zombie apocalypse. Included in the display are a number of law review articles, a scan of the Criminal Code of Haiti (1883), and a book from our collection, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti.
Come take a look before finals take over your brrraaaaiiiins…..