ex rebus jus oritur: thinking through things in American pre-trial discovery
Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)
This talk will use pre-trial discovery litigation in U.S. courts as a way of elucidating the relationships among law and the members of its materially constitutive entourage—files, registers, stamps. In this paper, I will argue that the office paraphernalia used in discovery proceedings are not just necessary parts of law, but also themselves subjects and products of the law they create.
Lori Weekes is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology and a J.D. student at Stanford Law School.