Virtual Arts & Letters Salon
During this time of virtual instruction and business, Drew is committed to offering remote/socially distanced opportunities for continued
intellectual and social engagement.
The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Office of Alumni and Parent Communities presented
Made possible by the generous support of Werner Kofler T’03, G’05
Presented by Dr. Jude Pfister G’07
View the presentation here.
Jude Pfister, G’07, discussed his 2018 book, The Creation of American Law: John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth, and the 1790s Supreme Court. The book was inspired by his 2007 dissertation. With the Constitutional Convention in 1787, America was set on a course to develop a unique system of law with roots in the English common law tradition. This new system, its foundations in Article III of the Constitution, called for a national judiciary headed by a supreme court (the only court actually created by the Constitution)—which first met in 1790. This talk will provide a history of America’s national law with a look at those who set in motion not only the new Supreme Court, but also the new federal judiciary.
The Werner Kofler Arts & Letters Endowment was endowed in 2011 by Werner Kofler T’03, G’05 to provide a Doctor of Letters discussion group for the Arts & Letters program in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.