The Steamboat Magnolia
Speaking of Admiralty, I want to highlight a terrific symposium that the Saint Louis University Law Journal did on “Teaching Admiralty” in its Winter 2011 Issue. There are many fantastic essays here, but my favorite was Joel Goldstein’s piece on The Steamboat Magnolia, which is a case that many people (including me) now use to introduce the course. See Jackson v. The Steamboat Magnolia, 61 U.S. (20 How.) 296 (1857). It’s a fascinating case that delves deeply into constitutional law and jurisprudence–you should read it.