From the Executive Director

As we prepare to launch this legal history blog, featuring articles on our unique niche…New York State Legal History, it is clear to me that for this blog to succeed it has to be viewed by all of us as our blog. We will be inviting judges, attorneys, scholars, and authors to consider interesting points of legal history in new ways. We also hope that you will let us know your own ideas for posts of interest, and you are encouraged to submit your topic together with you credentials through our email

We encourage you to be involved in another way. These short pieces are intended to be thought provoking and informative snapshots on a topic. We hope you will be moved to submit your reactions to what you read here by sending your comments to

Seems to me that our world today is all about sharing ideas, interacting, and moving quickly forward. We hope that with your help this blog will give us the opportunity to move from a static portrayal of legal history to a different format…one providing the important function of viewing fast-paced current events in the context of history. We all pay lip service to how history informs our present, well here’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. If people can tweet about their breakfast cereal and get untold numbers of responses, with your participation we can surely do the same. Let’s thrust our legal history to the fore and look at the present through the critical lens of the past.

Please join us and enjoy these first posts. Send us your feedback and your ideas for future posts. Share our new blog with your friends and colleagues. People are indeed interested in history and we’re here to provide a unique forum to share our past, our present, and indeed our future.

Marilyn Marcus

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