I am an historian of the legal profession. My research focuses on the routine work of lawyers in the nineteenth century. Using account books and legal correspondence, I show how the seemingly mundane work of the legal profession played a significant role in the development of American commerce. 

I am currently the Jack Miller Center Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. There I am teaching courses on legal history and preparing a book manuscript based on my dissertation, Legal Economy: Lawyers and the Development of American Commerce, 1780-1870


Justin Simard

Center for Legal Studies

justin.simard (at) northwestern.edu

(215) 575-0779