The new lecture series was endowed by Pete Hendricks ('66A, '69L), who has a private practice in Atlanta involving land use zoning and government permitting. A history major himself, Hendricks also endowed the Ollie Crenshaw Prize in History at the College several years ago in honor of his favorite professor.

"It's important to have a sense of history to put what you are studying into context," said Hendricks. "I know W&L's philosophy is to produce a well-rounded lawyer," he explained, "and I hope this lecture series will serve as an interface between the two disciplines."


Lectures from 2015

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph’s Encounter with the Administrative State after Reconstruction, Daniel Sharfstein

Lectures from 2014

The Civil War and the Constitutions(s), John McCardell

Lectures from 2013

The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State, Michele Landis Dauber

Lectures from 2012

To secure the Rights of Owners’: Planter Crimes, Prize Courts, and the British Empire of Law, Laura Benton

Lectures from 2011

The Jurisprudence of Slavery, Freedom, and Union at Washington College, 1831-1861, Alfred Brophy

Lectures from 2010

Recovering the Legal History of the Civil War, G. Edward White

Lectures from 2009

William T. Coleman, William Thaddeus Coleman

Lectures from 2008

When Massachusetts was Religious and Virginia Wasn't - and Why it Changed, William E. Nelson