Thursday, January 5, 2006
Greetings from the AALS Annual Meeting at the Godawful Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The annual bean feed of The Official Learned Society of Legal Education has been going since Tuesday, but only the hardiest can do the entire week.
The immortal Christopher Columbus Langdell taught that law was a science, and this year's gabfest continues Langdell's vision; the theme is Empirical Scholarship: What Should We Study and How Should We Study It?
Today's schedule of events includes several things of interest to commercial law types:
8:30-10:15 a.m. One of the areas where status relationships encroach onto contractual relations is that of fiduciary duties. The Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Associations is presenting What's Left of Fiduciary Duties? Tulsa contracts prof Barbara Bucholtz will moderate the session.
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Insurance contracts are, well, different. The kinds of contractual protections you use to limit risks in ordinary commercial transactions may not work in situations where contracts of insurance cover risks that may be wholly unpredictable. The Section on Insurance's program, Difficult Risks, takes a broad look at contractual, governmental, economic, and policy issues involved raised by things like terrorism and seismic hazards.
12:30-2:00 p.m. On tap for the Luncheon Speaker is one of the founders of the Law & Economics movement, Judge Guido Calabresi.
2:15-4:00 p.m. The AALS Plenary Session will be a three-part concurrent exploration of Empirical Research. One track is for those who want to know how it should be evaluated and credited in law schools; one is for those who want to do it; and one is for those who don't want to do it but want to hear some especially good examples of it. Only one to a customer, though.
4:00-5:45 p.m. It's not really contracts-related, but those who are good soldiers in your school's CLE programs may be interested in Writing for Credit-Converting CLE Materials into Published Works and Vice Versa, a session sponsored jointly by the Section on CLE and the Section for New Law Professors. ContractsProf Contributing Editor Miriam Cherry will moderate the discussion.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Reception for all conference attendees at the Georgetown Law Center. Free drinks!