FORUM: Essays in Honor of James Oldham

The Docket is pleased to publish the following essays, which stem from a 2023 symposium in honor of the scholarship of James Oldham, the St. Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History Emeritus at the Georgetown University Law Center. Oldham’s profound influence on English legal history and especially the history of the common law has long been evident. When Oldham moved to Emeritus status in 2020, the need to honor his many contributions became clear. The resulting symposium brought together an array of experts who offer varying engagements with Oldham’s opus. The Docket thanks Daniel Ernst, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal History at Georgetown University Law Center, for organizing this symposium and forum.

–Gautham Rao, Editor-in-Chief, Law and History Review

Selected Publications of James Oldham

This selective bibliography organizes James Oldham’s leading works by theme: Juries, Commerce, Judges and Law Reporting. A complete bibliography of his works is available here.


Table of Contents

Daniel Ernst, “Introduction to a Symposium for James Oldham.”

Daniel Ernst is Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal History at Georgetown University Law Center


Christian Burset, “Oldham’s Reports: New Light on Judges and Their Cases.”

Christian Burset is Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School.

Paul Halliday, “Jim Oldham’s Special Jury”

Paul Halliday is the Julian Bishko Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia.


R.H. Helmholz, “Trials by Juries.”

R. H. Helmholz is the Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


Emily Kadens & Michael Lobban, “A Lawyer and a Historian of Commercial Law.”

Emily Kadens is the Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Memorial Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. 

Michael Lobban is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford.


Renée Lettow Lerner, “James Oldham’s Revelations About Juries.”

Renée Lettow Lerner is the Donald Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.


Catharine MacMillan, “Observations on James Oldham on Judges and Law Reporting.”

Catharine MacMillan is Professor of Private Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.