Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, 1985-present. Professor of Law. Courses taught: Evidence, Property, Legal History, Legal Process, Equity. Chairman, Admissions Committee (1987-88); Chairman, Faculty Appointments Committee (1988-89); Faculty Advisor to the Law Review (1987-91); Member, Policy Committee (1988-91); Co-Chairman, Self-Study Committee, (1990-1991); Chairman, Rushton Distinguished Lectureship Program (1997); Chairman, doctoral program in Law, Religion, and Culture, (1994- ); Co-Chairman, Cumberland Colloquium on American Legal History, (1995- ).
Seattle University School of Law, Visiting Professor of Law,
Summer 1999 and 2003. Courses taught: Evidence and Property.
Nevada School of Law, Reno, 1983-1985, Professor of Law. Dean, 1983-1984. Courses taught: Evidence, Legal History, Property.
Detroit College of Law, 1978-1983. Courses taught: Evidence, Legal History, Property, Seminar in Evidence Problems, Literature and the Law. Chairman, Self-Study Committee; Faculty Adviser to the Law Review; Member, Admissions Committee.
Lincoln University School of Law, San Francisco and San Jose, 1968-1978. Part time. Courses: Evidence, Legal History, Torts. Member, Faculty Administrative Committee.
San Francisco Law School, 1966-1967. Part time. Course taught: Trusts.
Practice and Clerkship
Partner: Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O’Keefe, a Law Corporation, San Jose, California, 1968-1978.
Associate: Dunne, Phelps & Mills, San Francisco, California 1966-1968.
Research Clerk: Hon. Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, San Francisco, California, 1965-1966.
S.J.D. (in Legal History), University of Michigan Law School, May 1985.
LL.M. (in Legal History), University of Michigan Law School, May 1981.
M.A. (in History), San Jose State University, December 1976.
J.D. Stanford University, June 1965.
A.B. (in History), Dartmouth College, June 1962.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Seminar on American Legal History, Stanford University, Summer, 1982.
Intensive Spanish study, Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, December 1980.
Tutorial program on Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, Oxford University (Worchester College), England, Summer 1977.
Honors and Awards
Commencement Speaker, San Jose State University History Department, May 1998.
Ucross Foundation, residential writing fellowship, March 1998.
Golieb Fellow, New York University Law School, Fall 1991.
Caroline Bancroft History Prize for most notable nonfiction book on Western American history (1991), administered by Denver Public Library (see publication list).
James Willard Hurst Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Legal History (1988), from the Law and Society Association (see publication list).
J.S. Holliday Award for Excellence of Scholarship in the Area of 19th-Century California History (1988), from the California Historical Society (see publication list).
Herbert Eugene Bolton Award in Spanish Borderlands History (1978), from the Western History Association (see publication list).
Lawyers Title Award, 1964-1965, for excellence in the law of real property.
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Research Scholarship, 1964-1965, for publication in area of mineral law.
Member, Board of Editors, Stanford Law Review, 1963-1965.
Fellowship, Program for Intercultural Communication, for travel to and study in the Soviet Union, March 1962.
Pro Bono Activities
President, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, 2000-02, Director, 1999-present.
Founder, The Langum Project for Historical Literature and The Langum Charitable Trust, 2001-present.
President, Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, 2001-present.
Member, Board of Directors, Creative Montessori School, Homewood, Alabama, 2001-2002.
Participant in Speakers’ Bureau, Alabama Humanities Foundation, 1993-94.
Directed and was plaintiff in litigation which enjoined demolition of the House of the Flag, the first officially recognized historical landmark in San Francisco for which a demolition permit actually had been issued. The landmark has now been permanently preserved.
Member, Fee Arbitration Panel, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1974-1976.
Past President, Victorian Preservation Association, Santa Clara County, California.
California State Bar, 1966; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of California Federal Court, 1966; United States Supreme Court Bar, 1972; Michigan State Bar, 1981; Alabama State Bar, 2004.
American Society for Legal History (Program Chairman, 1991; member, Board of Directors, 1992-95).
American Historical Association, The History Society, Alabama History Association, Alabama Association of Historians, Western History Association, California Historical Society