880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267, United States
In 1932, James received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. In 1974, he obtained his Doctor of Laws degree, graduating from the same college.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States
In 1935, James received Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
In 1967, Hurst attained Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Gainesville, Florida 32611, United States
In 1980, Hurst received Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Florida.
300 W Seward St, Ripon, WI 54971, United States
In 1981, James obtained Doctor of Laws degree from Ripon College.
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This is the first study, published after World War II and a ground-breaking work, that devoted attention to several issues, neglected in earlier histories. It surveys the nature and success of American law and its law-making agencies and legislative bodies from roughly 1740-1940.
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In these essays J. Willard Hurst shows the correlation between the conception of individual freedom and the application of law in the nineteenth-century United States — how individuals sought to use law to increase both their personal freedom and their opportunities for personal growth.
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These lectures constitute a fine contribution from a distinguished scholar, which will benefit all who are interested in the factors, which affect our societal operations.
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This collection of six essays provides a definitive analysis of the doctrinal development of the law of treason in the U.S., beginning with its English origins and concluding with the present day. The author traces the materials available for studying the law of treason and examines the modifications and changes, that have evolved.
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The social history of law in the United States is defined and explored in this groundbreaking work. Beginning with a general discussion of legal history as a field of study, Hurst goes on to outline the development of the major types of legal authorities, describe public-policy reactions to the physical challenges of society and its implications in science and technology, and sketch law's adaptation to business.
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This is the eminent legal scholar James Willard Hurst's sociological analysis of the relation between law and private business in relation to society. This work is based on Hurst's lectures at the University of Wisconsin in April, 1981.
In 1932, James received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, graduating with Bachelor of Laws degree in 1935.
Some time later, in 1967, Hurst attained Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 1974, he obtained his Doctor of Laws degree, graduating from Williams College.
In 1980, Hurst received Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Florida and the following year, in 1981, he obtained the same degree from Ripon College.
James Willard Hurst began his career as a research fellow for Harvard University professor Felix Frankfurter. In 1936, he became a law clerk for the Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Louis Dembitz Brandeis. Between 1943-1946, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.
Hurst devoted nearly forty-five years to teaching at the University of Wisconsin, first as an instructor and ultimately as a Professor of Law. Moreover, between 1967-1968, he was a Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge. In 1981, he became a Professor Emeritus.
Also, while at Wisconsin, James devised a program, that concerned law and society. His other posts included visiting professorships at educational establishments, such as Stanford University, Northwestern University, the University of Utah and others.
During his lifetime, Hurst not only contributed to law reviews and other publications, but also wrote over a dozen books, including ''The Law Makers'', ''Law and the Conditions of Freedom'', ''Law and Social Process in U.S. History'', ''Justice Holmes on Legal History'' and others.
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(This is the eminent legal scholar James Willard Hurst's s...)1982
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(The social history of law in the United States is defined...)1977
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James Willard Hurst claimed, that law can not be studied as a system apart from the society, that created it, and emphasized, that the courts are only one – and not necessarily the most important – of the many legal actors and institutions. He rejected the view, that legal doctrine is a self-contained, timeless body of ideas and principles, and the assumption, that the history of law was the history of appellate courts' decisions. Rather, he argued, that law is the product of social, economic and cultural forces. James also argued, that in American history, law has been a creative instrument in the hands not just of judges and lawyers, but of a wide range of citizens.
James was a member of the following societies: American Philosophical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi and Order of the Coif.
Quotes from others about the person
“"Willard Hurst is renowned in this country and abroad as the founder of the field of legal history.'' — Shirley Abrahamson, the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and a former student of Hurst”
James married Frances Wilson on August 20, 1941. Their marriage produced two children — Thomas Robert and Mary Deborah.