Our faculty carry the standard of the Law Center when they deliver speeches and teach classes across the United States and abroad – which they frequently do. In recent weeks alone, Stephen Zamora traveled to Bogota, Colombia, to teach a graduate course on International Litigation in U.S. Courts; Jacqueline Weaver spoke at two regional conferences about our energy future; Paul Janicke addressed intellectual property topics before groups in Oregon and California; and Darren Bush testified in two congressional hearings on airline mergers and railroad antitrust immunities. I could easily cite many other professors who have recently done similar things, but the list is simply too long. (To keep pace with our faculty, you can bookmark our monthly chronicle of their activities, research and prolific writings. )
While serving as dean, I plan to continue teaching and speaking in my specialty area of intellectual property and information law. Earlier this year, I spoke in a Microsoft-sponsored outreach to Seoul, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur on the legal issues surrounding global technical standards. Later this month, I will teach a one-week course on the law of electronic commerce at the University of Sydney.
As I prepared for the Australia trip, more than 200 friends and alumni of the Law Center gathered for a brief reception marking the official start of my deanship. The gathering was immensely gratifying, and I thank all who were able to attend on unavoidably short notice. The enthusiasm at the event underscored the growing connection between our school and our alumni. With the help of Jim Perdue, Jr., ’93 – who has agreed to serve a second year as the president of our Law Alumni Association – I am committed to finding new ways to involve and empower our 13,000+ graduates, all of whom carry the standard of the Law Center in their dealings with friends, colleagues and contacts.