Works-in-Progress Series: Federal Protection, Paternalism, and Voluntary Peonage

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (All day)

An invitation to Faculty & Invited Guests
sponsored by the WSRSL Faculty Professional
Development Committee

“Federal Protection, Paternalism, and Voluntary Peonage”
Dean Avi Soifer

DATE:Wednesday –April 18th, 2012
TIME: Noon ‐1:30 pm
LOCATION: Room 254
RSVP with Josie Danielson (, by Monday, April 16, 2012.
A light lunch will be provided. Limited Seating.

Dean Soifer has served as Dean and Professor of Law since joining the Law School in 2003. Soifer began his law teaching career at the University of Connecticut in 1973, received a Law and Humanities Fellowship at Harvard University in 1976‐77, and taught at Boston University from 1979‐1993. He served as Dean of Boston College Law School from 1993‐1998, and continued to teach at BC until 2003. While juggling the demands of his decanal role, Dean Soifer continues to teach primarily in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, legal writing, and law and the humanities.

Soifer has an extensive record of scholarly publications, presentations, and public service activities. He received Boston College’s Distinguished Senior Research Award and was appointed as a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Wisconsin’s Legal Studies Institute. His book, LAWANDTHECOMPANYWEKEEP(Harvard University Press, 1995) was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Triennial National Jesuit Book Prize in professional studies. He currently serves as a member of the Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission and the American Society for Legal History Finance Committee and as a Board member of the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center , the American Judicature Society Hawai`i Chapter, the Hawai’i Justice Foundation, and the Society of American Law Teachers.

His most recent publications were the chapters Protecting Full and Equal Rights: The Floor and Morein THE PROMISES OF LIBERTY: THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT ABOLITIONISM (Alexander Tsesis, ed., Columbia University Press, 2010) and Constrained Choices: New England Slavery Decisions in the Antebellum Era in FREEDOM’S CONDITIONS IN THE U.S.‐CANADIAN BORDERLANDS IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION (Tony Freyer & Lyndsay Campbell, eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2011).