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American Society for Legal History honors Professor Sarah Seo and Associate Dean and Professor Thomas Gallanis

The American Society for Legal History honored two members of the Iowa Law faculty at the Society’s annual conference, held in Toronto on October 27-30.

Sarah Seo
Professor Sarah Seo was awarded one of the Society’s research fellowships funded by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation.  The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation supports the publication of historical monographs on major questions in American law and legal development. In the award letter to Professor Seo, the Foundation explained that the “trustees evaluated your proposal for its significance to American legal history, the cogency of its research plan, the important article you have already published on the subject, and also your previous distinguished service to the federal judiciary, and concluded that your proposal holds great promise and will make a significant contribution to the field.” The grant will support Professor Seo’s book project that examines how cars transformed American criminal justice.

Tom Gallanis
At the conference’s closing reception, a ceremony hosted by Oxford University Press launched the publication of the new Oxford Edition of Sir William Blackstone’s four-volume Commentaries on the Laws of England, one of the foundational texts of the Anglo-American common law.  A team of scholars, led by Professor Wilfrid Prest of the University of Adelaide and including Professor Thomas Gallanis of Iowa Law, worked for years to prepare a new scholarly edition of the Commentaries.  Professor Gallanis was the editor of volume III of this new edition.  For more information about the new Oxford Edition, see the Oxford University Press website at