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The 2020 Student Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2020 Student Writing Competition.


The CSCHS Research Travel Grant in California Legal History

The California Supreme Court Historical Society has established a Research Travel Grant to defray the expenses of graduate students and law students at accredited U.S. universities and law schools who are researching California legal history for the purpose of preparing an article or other paper.

This grant was funded by the generosity of California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (Ret.) and David M. Werdegar, M.D., in honor of Selma Moidel Smith, Editor-in-Chief of California Legal History.


Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power: The History of the California Supreme Court

The Society’s long-awaited Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power: The History of the California Supreme Court is now available for purchase. Edited by Harry N. Scheiber, this publication covers the Court’s history from 1849 through the George Court in 2010.

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The 2019 Student Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2019 Student Writing Competition Winners.

The first place winning article was“Right of Publicity in the Era of Celebrity:  A Conceptual Exploration of the California Right of Publicity, as Expanded in White v. Samsung Electonics, in Today’s World of Celebrity Glorification and Imitation” by Sarah Alberstein

The second place winning article was “The Right of Free Speech in Privately Owned Premises:  Following up with the Robins v. Pruneyard Judgment” by Parthabi Kanungo


The 2018 Student Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 Student Writing Competition Winner. The winning article was “How a California Settler Unsettled the Proslavery Legislature of Antebellum Louisiana” by Alexandra Havrylyshyn.


The 2017 Student Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Student Writing Competition Winner. The winning article was California’s No-Duty Law and Its Negative Implications by Michaela Goldstein.


Selma Moidel Smith Oral History

CSCHS Board member Selma Moidel Smith has been interviewed for the American Bar Association’s Women Trailblazers in the Law Oral History project. She is one of approximately 100 women lawyers nationwide included in the project.


Chief: The Quest for Justice in California

This important new book chronicles the life and career of former Chief Justice Ronald George. The book is based on an extensive series of oral history interviews conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and funded by the Society.

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California Legal History is the annual journal of CSCHS providing scholarly articles and oral histories of prominent figures of the bench and bar of California. To preview the contents of our latest issue, please see below:

California Legal History | 2019: Vol. 14 [PDF]