Aug. 25, 2015 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Peter Linzer will be the honoree at the 11th Annual International Conference on Contracts – KCON XI - to be held in February at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Linzer was chosen for his “outstanding contributions to contract law and to the scholarly community,” according to St. Mary’s School of Law Professor Colin P. Marks, chairman of this year’s conference. Linzer, who joined the Law Center faculty in 1983, teaches contract law, contract drafting, and constitutional law, among other courses, and has written extensively on contracts.
"I've been to most of the KCONs, and I know or know of each of the previous honorees,” Linzer said. “Just to think of being added to their names makes me awfully proud. I hope I am of their quality, and I'm grateful that the KCON folks chose me to join them."
The annual KCON conference is organized by a group of participants and is hosted by a different school each year. (The name KCON is derived from K, the symbol lawyers use for contracts, and CON for conference, Marks explained, adding, “KCON makes us sound hip.”)
The two-day conference, Feb. 26-27, is designed to give contract law scholars and teachers at all experience levels the opportunity to present and discuss recently-published and soon-to-be-published scholarship, works-in-progress, concepts, and teaching innovations. It also allows participants to network with colleagues -- and potential collaborators or mentors -- from around the country and other parts of the world.
“The KCONs are well-known for giving young contracts teachers both a platform for their work and an opportunity to interact with experienced pros,” Linzer said.
As this year’s honoree, Linzer also will host a panel and serve as commentator on a subject of particular interest to him. The professor said he is considering the problem of unequal power and information between contracting parties, in negotiated deals and especially in take it or leave it form or boilerplate contracts, known in the trade as contracts of adhesion.
"This is a hot topic that has been discussed at previous KCONs, so I have to see if I have something new to say," Linzer said, "but at least I've got the Fall Term to think about it."