Professor Chris Fritz Elected to National Legal History Board

November 28, 2011


Professor Christian Fritz was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History at the society’s annual meeting in early November. He will serve a three-year-term. The society is the principal professional organization in the United States that deals with legal history.

Throughout his career, Fritz has focused his scholarship on legal history. When he joined the UNM law faculty in 1987, he had just become the first person to complete a program at the University of California in which he earned a Ph.D. in history at Berkeley along with a law degree from Hastings College of Law. At the UNM School of Law, he introduced legal history to first-year students, a new concept to legal education. Even today, few law schools offer such a course.

“I’ve been attending this conference since my years as a graduate student and it’s an honor to have been nominated and elected by fellow legal historians, reflecting, in part, some appreciation for my work and scholarship in the field over the years,” said Fritz.

The American Society for Legal History is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems, both Anglo-American and those that do not operate in the Anglo-American tradition. Founded in 1956, the Society sponsors the Law and History Review and Studies in Legal History, a series of book-length monographs.