Stanford Law’s Amalia Kessler receives book award from American Society for Legal History

Stanford Law School’s AMALIA KESSLER, director of the Center for Law and History, has received the 2018 John Phillip Reid Book Award. The annual award is granted to the best monograph by a mid-career or senior scholar, published in English on Anglo-American legal history. The award was presented at this year’s American Society for Legal History annual meeting.

Amalia Kessler
Professor Amalia Kessler. (Courtesy of the Law School)

Kessler, the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, was recognized for her book, “Inventing American Exceptionalism: The Origins of American Adversarial Legal Culture, 1800-1877.

Kessler’s book, published by Yale University Press in 2017, provides the first account of the origins of adversarial legal culture in the United States, challenging the assumption that the United States’ reliance on lawyer-driven, adversarial procedure is somehow inevitable or innate. The book weaves together procedural doctrine and practice with the socio-economic, political and cultural life of the nation.

The American Society for Legal History was founded in 1956 to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the broad field of legal history.

Read the full article on the Stanford Law School website.