Eighth Circuit Historical Society

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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold

Honored at American Society for Legal History

November 8, 2012

 Judge Arnold's Remarks, 2012 American Society for Legal History Reception (audio) 

On November 8, 2012, the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) honored Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold at the opening reception of their annual meeting. This event, sponsored in part by the Eighth Circuit Historical Society, took place on the 28th floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis.

ASLH President Bruce Mann, Carl F. Schipper, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard University, introduced Judge Arnold as "Buzz," a long-time member of the ASLH family, and Hon. John F. Stroud Jr., a former judge on both the Arkansas Court of Appeals and Arkansas Supreme Court, outlined Judge Arnold’s considerable record of achievement. Judge Arnold then entertained the group with insightful and witty comments showing his affinity for historical research and writing.

A highly regarded legal scholar and historian, Judge Arnold is the author of books, articles, book reviews, and speeches, mostly on the subjects of English legal history and colonial Arkansas. His research at archives in Spain and France allowed him to portray a colonial Arkansas previously unknown. In 1986 he was named a Fellow in History by Little Rock’s Museum of Science and History. His book The Rumble of a Distant Drum: Quapaws and Old World Newcomers, 1673-1804 won the Booker Worthen Literary Prize and J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History.Arkansas: A Narrative History won the Arkansania Award. In 2001 he was awarded the Porter Literary Prize for his body of work on colonial Arkansas, and in 1994 the French government named him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for his work on eighteenth-century Louisiana. He has served as president of the American Society for Legal History and as vice president of the Selden Society. As ASLH president, he helped establish Law and History Review, which is recognized internationally as the leading journal in the field of legal history.

To read more about Judge Arnold’s varied and distinguished career and see a list of his published books, click here


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