Today I begin my term as Chair of the Comparative Law Section in the Association of American Law Schools. As Chair, I will lead a group of 800 members in advancing and deepening our learning in the field.
The task of the Chair is to plan and execute the program for our annual meeting, to be held next year on January 2-5, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Later this month, I will consult with our Executive Committee about possible themes for our program.
But I will do more than this during my term as Chair. I will create an annual prize to be awarded to a younger scholar in recognition of excellence in comparative law scholarship. I intend also to host a works-in-progress conference here at the University of Texas at Austin to give scholars in comparative law an opportunity to brainstorm and improve their ongoing research and writing.
I welcome suggestions for other productive initiatives we can take during my term as Chair.