Erin Rahne Kidwell
Curator of Legal History Collections
Williams Room 224
Erin Kidwell, the Curator of Legal History, has been part of the Special Collections Department of Georgetown Law Library since 1999, where she has assisted numerous legal scholars, students, and practitioners in researching a variety of subjects in legal history. Erin is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, offering two legal history courses – British Legal History: from the Celts to the Industrial Age, 1-1890 CE, and Early American Legal History: From Settlement to Reconstruction 1600-1880. She is also a regular participant in seminars relating to the History of British Political Thought at The Folger Institute.
Erin is the author of The Paths of the Law: Historical Consciousness, Creative Democracy, and Judicial Review, 62 Alb. L. Rev. 91 (1998); England, Early Modern, Entry in Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom (Routledge 2003); and, 60 Renaissance Q. 1005-1008 (2007) (reviewing Ken MacMillan, Sovereignty and Possession in the English New World: The Legal Foundations of Empire 1576-1640 (2006)). Her current projects include an edited facsimile reprint – George Saltern, of the Antient Lawes of Great Brittaine (1605) (Erin Rahne Kidwell ed., Lawbook Exchange forthcoming 2013), the Introduction to which explores the interplay between history, myth and fable in early 17th century British juridical works; a book based on her doctoral dissertation, Arthur and the Ancient Constitution – The Once and Future Constitution: Ancient Constitutionalism in British-American Myth, History and Law; a comparative legal history textbook – The Sovereignty of Law: Materials in British-American Legal and Constitutional History, that covers Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the British Empire and Commonwealth nations in addition to the traditional coverage of only English and American history; and, a book exploring the equitable origins of British-American constitutionalism – The Executory Constitution: The Equitable Origins and Nature of British-American Constitutionalism.
Erin received her JD Cum Laude from Capital University Law School and her LL.M and S.J.D. from Georgetown Law.