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Law School's McSweeney to be featured on 'With Good Reason'

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    Magna Carta  Professor McSweeney is a contributor to "Magna Carta and the Rule of Law," a publication of the American Bar Association.  Photo by David F. Morrill
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Just months before the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta (June 2015), William & Mary Law Professor Thomas McSweeney talked with public radio’s With Good Reason about the legal legacy of the document.

The show premieres March 28 and will be rebroadcast thru April 4. With Good Reason may be heard across Virginia and in select markets nationwide.  

The Magna Carta"Magna Carta is a text that we've thought of as foundational since the 17th century,” McSweeney has said about the document, “but its authors didn't intend to write a foundational text of the common law."

McSweeney, who specializes in legal history, contributed the chapter Magna Carta and Civil WGR logoLaw, in the journal Magna Carta and the Rule of Law published in late 2014 by the American Bar Association in recognition of the document’s anniversary.

He earned his B.A. from William & Mary and then continued his studies at Cornell University where he earned a J.D./LL.M. and a Ph.D. in history. Prior to coming to William & Mary Law School, McSweeney taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell Law School.

With Good Reason may be heard locally on Richmond’s WCVE radio Saturday, March 28 at Noon and Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. and on Norfolk’s WHRV at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Other broadcast times and stations are posted online. The program may also be heard via podcast. You may subscribe to the podcast online.