David J. Seipp is Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar at Boston University School of Law. He teaches English legal history, American legal history, and wills, trusts and estates; he has also taught courses on the history of legal education, property, copyright, intellectual property, and introduction to U.S. law.
Among his scholarly interests are the roles of judges, lawyers and jurors in the development of medieval English common law, the persistence and evolution of basic legal concepts throughout the centuries, and the jurisprudential eccentricities of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He created and is continuing to add to a large online database that indexes and paraphrases more than 22,000 early English legal cases reported for the years 1268 through 1535.
His many journal articles and papers have appeared in publications throughout the world including Law and History Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Boston University Law Review and Proceedings of the British Legal History Conference. He is currently working on the 15h century volume of the Oxford History of the Laws of England, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Seipp was a Bicentennial Scholar at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, and a member of the Harvard Law Review. He also has served as clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as an associate at the firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston.