The Law & Humanities Institute (LHI) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting interdisciplinary studies between law and the humanities.  LHI focuses on law and literature, law and narrative, legal history, sociology of law, and other fields of study involving the humanities and law.  The LHI sponsors various symposia and smaller gatherings (salons) throughout the year. 

LHI was founded in 1978 under the creative leadership of Prof. J. Allen Smith of the Rutgers ( Newark) Law School and with the originating presidency held by Prof. Richard Weisberg of Cardozo. The distinguished board included at the origins Robert Cover, Geoffrey Hartman, Irving Younger, and such originating officers as David Haber (Chair), Judith Koffler (Treasurer), Katherine Roome, Esq. (Secretary), and Dan Tritter, Esq. (Vice President). A key incorporator for LHI was Loree Collins, a student of Smith's with a prior career in business, who largely brought about the successful application for 501 (c) (3) public foundation status.

Richard Weisberg and others built on a series of three special sections on "Law and Literature" of the Modern Language Association (1976-8) to identify the relevant community of some 100 scholars, lawyers, and judges and to begin planning a series of conferences, one at AALS and then what would become more than a dozen with partnering institutions across the country and the world. LHI's first major conference, on "Terror in the Literary Imagination and the Legal Text" was published in the Human Rights Quarterly, and its next (held at Washington & Lee) on "Billy Budd, Sailor", became the founding number of Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature -- now (as Law and Literature and published by the UCAL Press Journals division) as then edited in pertinent part by members of the LHI Board.

Quickly, too, LHI established The Mediator, its in-house semi-annual newsletter that included relevant bibliographical material for the burgeoning field and many other articles and announcements.  The Mediator is available still at some law libraries and selected back-issues can be acquired from Daniel Solove of the GWU Law School, whose website and blog will bring interested parties up to date on the world-wide workings of LHI today.

This website is maintained by Professor Daniel Solove.  Please contact him if you would like to know more about LHI.  The LHI has a listserv for those who want to receive information about upcoming events.  If you're interested in joining the listserv, please contact Professor Solove.   


Prof. Richard Weisberg, President
  Cardozo Law School

Daniel Tritter, Esq., Vice President

Judith S. Koffler, Esq., Secretary & Treasurer



Prof. David M. Haber
   Rutgers School of Law, Newark (Emeritus)

Prof. Susan Tiefenbrun
   Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Daniel Tritter, Esq., Vice President

Prof. Penelope Pether
   American University, Washington College of Law

Prof. Daniel Solove
   George Washington University Law School

Prof. Richard Weisberg
   Cardozo Law School

George M. Williams, Jr., Esq.



Sam Weisberg



Prof. Milner Ball
   University of Georgia

Prof. Edward DeGrazia
   Cardozo Law School

Prof. Stanley E. Fish
   University of Illinois (Emeritus)

Prof. Geoffrey Hartman
   Yale University (Emeritus)

Judith S. Koffler, Esq.

Daniel J. Kornstein, Esq.
   Kornstein, Veisz & Wexler

Prof. Sanford Levinson
   University of Texas School of Law

Prof. Saul H. Mendlovitz
   Director, World Order Models Project 

Hon. Richard A. Posner
   U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
   University of Chicago Law School

Prof. David A.J. Richards
   NYU School of Law

Steven M. Richman, Esq.
   Duane Morris, LLP

Hon. David B. Saxe
   New York Supreme Court/Appellate Division