In September 2001, the Trust held the first in a series of one day conferences. Publishing the Law, held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, was a one day colloquium discussing the economic, social and political history of the printing, publishing and reception of legal texts in Britain and North America, with a particular emphasis upon questions affecting the eighteenth century. The colloquium was attended by practising lawyers, academics, archivists and librarians from both sides of the Atlantic.

Speakers included:

  • Nigel Hall (Oxford University & Cambridge Project for the Book Trust) Sites of law publishing in eighteenth-century London
  • John D. Gordan III (Partner, Morgan Lewis, New York) Some remarks on John Nutt and eighteenth-century London law publishing
  • Morris L. Cohen (Department of Law, Yale) American law printing and publishing in the late eighteenth century
  • Kathryn Preyer (Late Professor of History Emerita, Wellesley College) Something old, something new: Law manuals in England and America
  • Whitney Bagnall (Special Collections, Columbia Law School Library) Subscribers to Blackstone’s Commentaries in America
  • James Raven (Oxford University & Cambridge Project for the Book Trust) A reply from the South: the purchase of law books in South Carolina