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. The reception, sponsored by the
Historical Society for the U.S. Courts in the 8th Circuit, was held on the 28th
floor of the Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis.
Judge Arnold is a past president of ASLH, past vice president of the Selden
Society, and a highly regarded legal scholar and historian. He is the author of
books, articles, book reviews, and speeches, mostly on the subjects of English
legal history and colonial Arkansas. As ASLH president, he helped establish
Law and History Review, which is recognized internationally as the leading
journal in the field of legal history.
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.