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Law School Oxford, Mississippi 38655

University, Mississippi 38677 (662) 234-3833

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Professor of Law

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Lecturer in Law


Legal: The University of Michigan Law School

J.D. cum laude 1984

Articles Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Dykema Scholarship 1983; awards in American Legal History 1983-84, European Legal Systems 1984, Copyright 1984

Graduate: The University of Chicago

Ph.D. 1981; M.A. 1978 (History)

University Scholarships 1977-81; Kunstader Fellowship 1978; Honors, M.A.-Ph.D. Qualifying Examination 1978

College: The Johns Hopkins University

B.A. with Honors 1977 (Major: Philosophy)

Secondary: The Phillips Exeter Academy, 1973


Eduard Gans and the Hegelian Philosophy of Law, International Archives of the History of Ideas (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995)

Justice Holmes and the Natural Law (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1992)

Fiddling for Viola: Traditional Irish and American Fiddle Tunes Arranged for Viola (Pacific, Mo.: Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2000)

Directory of Law Reviews (Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Co., 1994), 2d ed. (1996), 3d ed. (1997), 4th ed. (1999), 5th ed. (forthcoming 2001); published electronically at www.legalpubs.com\lawschool\directory\directory.html


"The Transcendental Idea of God," "Four Early Poems," "Fragment on the Life-Course of God," critical translations, in Jon Stewart, Miscellaneous Writings of G.W.F. Hegel (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2002), 78-85, 138-42, 256-63

"The Idea of Law (Recht) in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit," in David Lamb ed., Hegel, 2 vols., International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1998), 1: 321-43


With Kris Gilliland and Lynn Murray, "Pre-1900 Mississippi Legal Authority," Mississippi Law Journal (forthcoming 2004)

"Murder and Manslaughter in Mississippi: Unintentional Homicide," Mississippi Law Journal, 71 (2001): 35-152

"Hegel, Race, Genocide," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 39 supplement (2001): 35-62

"Translating Hegel's Idea of Servitude," Hegel-Studien 34 (1999): 61-83

"Observing Capital Punishment in Arnold Bennett's The Old Wives' Tale," Mississippi Law Journal 69 (1999): 441-53

"Baptism and Law in the Young Hegel," Clio 27 (1998): 533-50

"Law and Legal Education as a Hotbed for the Novel: The Case of Goethe," Wayne Law Review 44 (1998): 1-27

"Mississippi Conflict of Laws," Mississippi Law Journal 67 (1997): 175-321

"Copying Constitutional Text: Natural Law, Constitution-alism, Authority," Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 4 (1996): 653-92

"Mississippi Courts 1790-1869," Mississippi Law Journal 65 (1995): 99-170

"Hegel's First Philosophy of Law," Tennessee Law Review 62 (1995): 823-97

"Law, Fossils, and the Configuring of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature," Idealistic Studies 25 (1995): 155-73

"Hegel's Manuscript 'The Transcendental Idea of God,'" Clio 24 (1995): 419-26

"The Common Law of Edward Christian," Cambridge Law Journal 53 (1994): 140-63

"Two Hegel Texts on Law," University of Toledo Law Review 24 (1993): 933-42

"L.Q.C. Lamar 1825-1893," Mississippi Law Journal 62 (1993): 5-106

"Hegel's Criticism of Law," Hegel-Studien 27 (1992): 27-52

"The Idea of Law (Recht) in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit," Clio 21 (1992): 346-67

"Schelling's Philosophy of Natural Law," Temple Law Review 64 (1991): 1-58

"Artistic Convention and Natural Law: Didactic Treatment of Authority in Works of Fielding, Hawthorne, and Fritz Lang," Temple Law Review 63 (1990): 483-509

"Justice Holmes: Law and the Search for Control," Yearbook of the Supreme Court Historical Society (1989): 98-118

"Requiring Jury Instructions on Eyewitness Identification Evidence at Federal Criminal Trials," Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 80 (1989): 585-672

"The Early Critical and Philosophical Writings of Justice Holmes," Boston College Law Review 30 (1989): 1221-82

"Effect of Particularized Instructions on Evaluation of Eyewitness Identification Evidence," Law & Psychology Review 13 (1989): 43-58; reprinted in Criminal Practice Law Review 2 (1990): 323-37; reprinted in Robert M. Krivoshey ed., Instructions, Verdicts, and Judicial Behavior, Readings in Trial Advocacy and the Social Sciences vol. 4 (New York: Garland, 1994), 77-93

"Intoxication and Extreme-Recklessness Murder: Presenting and Preserving the Issues," Criminal Law Bulletin 25 (1989): 123-38

"Holmes, L.Q.C. Lamar, and Natural Law," Mississippi Law Journal 58 (1988): 71-85

"Natural Law, Nature, and History: Professor Weinreb's Philosophy of Natural Law," Wisconsin Law Review (1988): 561-76

"Locke, Spinoza, and the Idea of Political Equality," History of Political Theory 7 (1986): 341-60

"The Four Equals: Analyzing Spinoza's Idea of Equality," Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 15 (1985): 237-49

"The Influence of Schiller's Theory of Nature on Hegel's Philosophical Development," Journal of the History of Ideas 46 (1985): 231-44

"Four Early Poems by Hegel," Clio 13 (1984): 401-05

"Habeas Corpus Review of State Trial Court Failure to Give Lesser Included Offense Instructions," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 16 (1983): 617-42

"Hegel Fragment on the Life-Course of God," Clio 12 (1983): 401-09

"Maupertuis and the Eighteenth-Century Critique of Preexistence," Journal of the History of Biology 15 (1982): 119-44

With Luanne Buchanan, translators, "Hegel and America" by José Ortega y Gasset, Clio 25 (1995): 63-81


"Fiddle," entry in Encyclopedia of Blues, ed. Peter Redvers-Lee and Edward Komara, 2 vols. (New York: Routledge) (forthcoming 2004)

Review of Hegel: A Biography by Terry Pinkard (Cambridge University Press, 2000) in Owl of Minerva 34 (2003): 187-97

"Blues Fiddlers," The Strad 113 (November 2002): 1184-89 Dedication to Larry S. Bush, Mississippi Law Journal, 71 (2001): i-iv

"Translating Knechtschaft," Owl of Minerva 32 (2001): 169-75

Review of Political Writings by G.W.F. Hegel, edited by Laurence Dickey and H.B. Nisbet, translated by H.B. Nisbet (Cambridge University Press, 1999) in Owl of Minerva 32 (2001): 216-23

Review of Hegel's Phenomenology of Self-Consciousness, translation and commentary by Leo Rauch and David Sherman (State University of New York Press, 1999), in Clio 29 (1999): 82-86

Review of Michael P. Zuckert, The Natural Rights Republic: Studies in the Foundation of the American Political Tradition (Notre Dame, 1996), in Journal of American Legal History 42 (1998): 425-27

Entry on Edward Christian in New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

"The Uneasy Life and Career of L.Q.C. Lamar," The Mississippi Lawyer 45 (1998): 16-18

Review of Holmes and Frankfurter: Their Correspondence, 1912-1934, edited by Robert M. Mennel and Christine L. Compston (Hanover, 1996), in Trial (Oct. 1997): 80-81

Entries in American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, 24 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 13: 132-34 (Fritz Lang, film director); 14: 856-57 (Emlin McClain, legal scholar); 15: 560-61 (Nathan Milstein, classical violinist); 18: 718-19 (Fred Rodell, legal scholar); 23: 227-28 (Josh White, blues guitarist); 23: 542-44 (Bob Wills, fiddler)

"Varieties of Law and Literature," review of Wai Chee Dimock, Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy (Berkeley, 1996) and Martha Grace Duncan, Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons: The Unconscious Meaning of Crime and Punishment (New York, 1996), in Clio 27 (1998): 415-27

Review of Richard Dien Winfield, Law in Civil Society (Kansas, 1995), in The Owl of Minerva 28 (1996): 122-28

Review of Ardis B. Collins, ed., Hegel on the Modern World (Albany, 1994), in Clio 25 (1996): 321-29

Review of William Maker, Philosophy Without Foundations: Rethinking Hegel (Albany, 1994), in Clio 25 (1996): 119-23

Review of Margaret Jane Radin, Reinterpreting Property (Chicago, 1993), in Clio 24 (1995): 337-42

"Does Hegel Justify Slavery?," The Owl of Minerva 25 (1993): 118-19

Dedication, Mississippi Law Journal 63 (1993): 1-5

Review of Robert W. Gordon, ed., The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Stanford, 1992), in Journal of American Legal History 37 (1993): 512-13

Review of Norbert Waszek, Eduard Gans (1797-1839): Hegelianer-Jude-Europäer (Frankfurt am Main, 1991), in Clio 22 (1993): 400-04

Review of David H. Burton, Political Ideas of Justice Holmes (Rutherford, 1992), in The Journal of American History (1993): 720-21

Review of Steven B. Smith, Hegel's Critique of Liberalism: Rights in Context (Chicago, 1989), in The Owl of Minerva 23 (1991): 111-15

"Justinian in the Hinterlands: Roman Law as Introduction to a Standard Curricular Course on English Legal History," Legal Education Review 1 (1989): 249-58

Review of T.A. Green, Verdict according to Conscience: Perspectives on the History of the English Criminal Trial Jury, 1200-1800 (Chicago, 1985), in University of Cincinnati Law Review 56 (1987): 557-63

Review of H.S. Harris, Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Oxford, 1983), in Journal of Modern History 57 1985): 584-85

With James L. Robertson, "Bar Committee Undertakes Rewrite of Criminal Code," The Mississippi Lawyer, (May-June 1994): 12-15


1998-: Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Lecturer in Law

1997-: Professor of Law, University of Mississippi

1991-1997: Mitchell, McNutt, Threadgill, Smith & Sams Lecturer of Law, University of Mississippi Law School

1990-1997: Associate Professor of Law, University of Mississippi Law School

1987-1990: Assistant Professor of Law, University of Mississippi Law School

1984-1987: Associate, Frost & Jacobs, Cincinnati, Ohio

1985-1987: Public Defender Panel, Hamilton County, Ohio

1985-1987: Adjunct Faculty, University of Cincinnati College of Law


Supreme Court of the United States; Supreme Court of Ohio (0000414); District of Columbia Court of Appeals (inactive status); United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky; United States District Court Southern District of Ohio


American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Society for Legal History; Hegel Society of America; Bencher emeritus, William C. Keady Inn of Court, American Inns of Court


"Race in Hegel's Philosophy of Religion," Mississippi State University Department of Philosophy lecture series, October 18 2002

"Hegel, Race, Genocide," Spindel Conference: The Contemporary Relevance of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, University of Memphis, September 22, 2000

"Mississippi Conflict of Laws," C.L.E. program, Natchez, Mississippi, May 13, 2000

"Life and Career of L.Q.C. Lamar," Rotary Club, Sardis, Mississippi, May 13, 1999

"Jefferson vs. Hegel on America," faculty talk, University of Georgia School of Law, December 2, 1998

"Observing Capital Punishment in Arnold Bennett's The Old Wives' Tale," Working Group on Law, Culture & the Humanities, Georgetown University Law Center, March 28, 1998

"The Lawyer as Novelist: the Case of Goethe and The Sorrows of Young Werther," Dean's lecture series, University of Kansas School of Law, April 4, 1997

"Transplanting Hegel's Ideas of Slavery," Conference in Honor of H.S. Harris, York University, Ontario, Canada April 12, 1996

"Mississippi Conflict of Laws," C.L.E. program, Natchez, Mississippi, March 29, 1996

Seminar on Eduard Gans, Bad Homburg, Germany, June 29-July 1, 1995

"Copying Constitutional Text," Symposium on Natural Law, University of Southern California Law School, November 3-5, 1994

"Hegel's Idea of Sublation: Christian Ethics and Criminal Law," American Society for Legal History annual meeting, Washington, DC, October 22, 1994

Session chair, Hegel Society of America, Biennial Meeting, Washington, DC, October 1-2, 1994


Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, Legal History, Remedies, Agency & Partnership