The Quinlan Lecture 2003: G. Edward White – “Alger Hiss in Prison: March 1951 to November 1954”

OCU School of Law’s 2003 Quinlan Lecture to Focus on Alger Hiss

Renowned legal and constitutional historian G. Edward White, University Professor, John B. Minor Professor of Law and History, and Sullivan & Cromwell Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., is scheduled to present “Alger Hiss in Prison: March 1951 to November 1954” at OCU School of Law’s 2003 Quinlan Lecture. Free and open to the public, the lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2003, at 5 p.m. in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom, Sarkeys Law Center, on the Oklahoma City University campus.

“Professor White’s work shows the relation between the events of legal history and the broader cultural and jurisprudential contexts,” said lecture organizer Richard E. Coulson, Oklahoma City University School of Law professor. “His Quinlan lecture will examine the prison years of Alger Hiss, a little studied period of this controversial man’s life.”

White’s writings range from constitutional history, through biography, the intellectual history of torts, and baseball. His biography, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self, has won awards including the Association of American Law Schools Triennial Coif Award and the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize. His intellectual history of American tort law, for which he received the American Bar Association Gavel Award, presented the cultural framework in which modern tort law evolved. His latest book, The Constitution and the New Deal, revisits constitutional law and its previously assumed relation to the political structure of the New Deal.

In addition to his 11 books, he has published articles on a variety of topics including negligence, John Marshall, foreign affairs jurisprudence, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the American Law Institute, Samuel P. Chase, history in the post-modern era, and critical legal studies. These and many other articles have appeared in the Vanderbilt, Colorado, Harvard, Law & History, Michigan, N.Y.U., Stanford, Columbia, and Chicago law reviews.

White received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, his master’s and doctorate degrees from Yale University, and his juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He initially joined the University of Virginia law faculty after clerking for Chief Justice Earl Warren about whom he wrote Earl Warren: A Public Life, for which he received the American Bar Association Gavel Award.

Professor White has been a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Society of American Historians.    He was also a Guggenheim Fellow, is a member of the American Law Institute, and has been a Delegate in Law for Oxford University Press.

The Quinlan Lecture is named for Oklahoma native and long-time Oklahoma City University law professor Wayne Quinlan. Born in 1917, Professor Quinlan was educated at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and law. After service in World War II and distinguished private practice, he taught at OCU from 1952 until his death in 1981, and served as a Special Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1966 and 1967. Professor Quinlan’s love of constitutional law and American history inspired the faculty to name this annual lecture in his honor. The Quinlan lecture is underwritten by generous donations from Quinlan family members and friends.

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