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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Kim joins faculty at Southwestern

Sung_hui_kim_1 L.A.’s Southwestern University School of Law has added a high-powered practitioner with an academic bent to teach Contracts.  Sung Hui Kim, the General Counsel of Red Bull North America, Inc., will join the tenure-track faculty this fall.

Kim (Harvard Law 1992), did a postgraduate stint in the East Asian Division of the German Foreign Office and a Berlin law firm, and has previously practiced at top law firms in D.C. and L.A.  At Red Bull, she supervised a wide range of activities, including media relations, marketing and advertising, general corporate law, contracts, licensing, antitrust, intellectual property, immigration, employment law, litigation, FDA and FTC matters.

March 22, 2005 in Contract Profs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Epstein to give Case the business

Richard_epstein The rationales for regulation of pharmaceuticals (e.g., health and safety) and telecommunications (spectrum scarcity or interconnectivity) are very different.  But the University of Chicago’s Richard Epstein will look at the connections between them on Wednesday, March 30, at the Case School of Law, where he's slated to deliver the Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture.  The title is Justified Monopoly? Common Strands in the Regulation of the Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications Industries.

Time is 4:30 p.m., the public is invited, and more information is available here.

March 22, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Today in history—March 22

1638: Anne Hutchinson is expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  She will move to found the first settlement on Aquidneck Island, the name of which will later be changed to "Rhode" Island.

1832: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who gave up legal practice for the more lucrative world of court politics, dies at Weimar, Germany. His most widely quoted line is, "Er kann mich im Arsche lecken," or roughly, "He can kiss my ass."

1887: Leonard "Chico" Marx is born at New York City, the eldest of five brothers. As manager of the Marx Brothers, he’ll go on to negotiate the first Hollywood contract guaranteeing a performer a share of a film’s gross profits.

1908: Louis Dearborn LaMoore (later "L’Amour"), whose 100+ novels will sell 225 million copies and form the basis of 30 motion pictures, is born at Jamestown, North Dakota.

1930: Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (Yale Law 1955) is born at Lexington, Virginia. He will parlay a $37,500 investment in a bankrupt UHF television station into the Christian Broadcasting Network (70 languages in 200 countries), will found Regent University in Virginia, and will be one of two ordained Baptist ministers to run for President in 1988.

1934: Senator Orrin Grant Hatch (Pittsburgh Law 1962) is born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1945: U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Hessin Clarke dies at San Diego, California. A highly regarded railroad lawyer, he gave up his Court post in 1922 to campaign for U.S. membership in the League of Nations.

1954: The London Gold Market, which has been closed since 1939, reopens.

1973: Seventy-three year-old Karl Wallenda falls to his death while walking a tightrope between two hotels (without a net) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1993: Intel Corporation ships the first "Pentium" computer chips.

March 22, 2005 in Today in History | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Weekly Top 10

Steven_schooner The Top 10 Contracts-related downloads from the Social Science Research Network for the 60 days ending March 21.  (Last week's position in parentheses.)

1  (1) Emerging Policy and Practice Issues, by Steven L. Schooner (left) & Christopher R. Yukins

2  (2) Rawls and Contract Law, by Kevin A. Kordana & David H. Tabachnick

3  (3) Unity and Pluralism in Contract Law, by Nathan Oman

4  (6)  Allegheny College Revisited: Cardozo, Consideration, and Formalism in Context, by Curtis Bridgeman

5  (5) The Doctrine of Good Faith in Contract Law: A (Nearly) Empty Vessell?, by Emily Houh

6  (4) Private Motive and Perpetual Conditions in Charitable Naming Gifts: When Good Names Go Bad, by John K. Eason

7  (7) Law and the Emotions: The Problems of Affective Forecasting, by Jeremy A. Blumenthal

8  (8) The Limits of Lawyering: Legal Opinions in Structured Finance, by Steven L. Schwarcz

(10) Strict Liability and the Fault Standard in Corrective Justice Accounts of Contract, by Curtis Bridgeman

10 (9) Towards a New Model of Consumer Protection: The Problem of Inflated Transaction Costs, by Jeff Sovern

March 21, 2005 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Fall is beautiful in North Carolina

Wake Forest University School of Law is looking for a visitor to teach Contracts and Sales for the fall semester.  They're looking particularly for a "strong classroom teacher."  If you're interested, contact Dean Bob Walsh.

March 21, 2005 in Contract Profs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

News in brief

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has added another breach of contract action to his collection; this one is from Columbia Pictures, which says that the rapper and his record label owe them a half-million dollars over the soundtrack to Bad Boys 2.

Workers at Ontario's ThyssenKrupp Budd Canada have approved contract changes that will reduce costs and increase productivity, allowing the company to keep a multi-year contract with its biggest customer, General Motors.

Another college, this one in Washington, is hit by a student lawsuit claiming fraud and breach of contract for credits that are not transferable.

The National Football League is headed into league meetings in Hawaii, with the big issue on the table a new labor agreement with players.

Former star running back Ricky Williams, who owes the Miami Dolphins some $8.6 million for breaching his contract, may try to work off the balance by returning to football.

Microsoft beats out Linux-based rivals on a contract for back-end services with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, apparently due to the lack of qualified Linux software developers.

Trial opens tomorrow morning, March 22, in rocker Ted Nugent's battle against Muskegon, Michigan, over a canceled concert.

March 21, 2005 in In the News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Today in history—March 21

1685: Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born at Eisenach, Germany, the son of the town piper.

1804: The Code civil des francais, often called the "Code Napoléon," goes into effect.

1806: Lawyer Benito Pablo Juárez García, a Zapotec Indian who will become one of North America’s greatest statesmen, is born the son of peasants at San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca.

1869: Theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., is born at Chicago.

1952: Promoter Alan Freed puts on what is regarded as the first "rock and roll" concert, the "Moondog Coronation Ball," in Cleveland, Ohio.

1970: Slovenian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj has a spectacular fall which becomes the "agony of defeat" image on ABC television’s Wide World of Sports.

1980: In a stern protest of the USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan, President Carter bars U.S. Olympic hopefuls from attending the Moscow Olympic games.  That evening, Texas oilman J.R. Ewing is shot on the television series Dallas.

1991: The father of the electric guitar, Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender, dies of complications arising from Parkinson’s disease at age 81. He never learned how to play the guitar.

2001: Korean industrialist Chung Ju-yung, who started Korea’s biggest conglomerate, Hyundai, as a construction company in 1947, dies at age 85.

March 20, 2005 in Today in History | Permalink | TrackBack (0)