Friday, November 16, 2007
On Friday, December 14, 2007, the University of Washington and Lee, Lexington, Virginia, will host a "Roundtable on Restitution and Unjust Enrichment in North America." This information from Professor Eoin O'Dell:
The main point underpinning the Roundtable is to get North American (ie, Canadian and US) Restitution scholars, practitioners, judges and others with an interest in the subject, together in one place, talking about current legal issues in the Law of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment. There seem to be too few opportunities to do so, except on the margins of other more generally focused events. The hope is that this informal Roundtable will provide just such a context. Given that the ALI's Restatement Third of Restitution is at a crucial stage, and that the Supreme Court of Canada's recent case law is proving controversial, this would seem an opportune time.
There are full details on the Roundtable website including a blog to keep you up to date with developments as they unfold over the next six weeks. If you are able to attend, please register using the simple online registration form.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
According to press reports, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, pictured near left, is demanding to be paid in Euros rather than in U.S. currency. According to Bloomberg, Bundchen is making this demand so that she can "remain the world's richest model" and she is insisting on payment in Euros even in a new contract entered into with Cincinnati-based Proctor & Gamble.
Inspired by her example, and by my desire to remain (well, become actually, but let's not quibble) the world's richest contracts law professor, I demanded that I be paid in Euros beginning in the next academic year. Dean Jay Conison, pictured far left, was unmoved. "Jeremy," he said, "I know Gisele Bundchen. Gisele Bundchen is a friend of mine. You're no Gisele Bundchen. And please stop vogueing."
This isn't over, Conison!
Talk about burying the lead! National Public Radio's report, "Singing Law Professor Rocks the Classroom" begins by noting that Contracts "can be one of the most tedious, dry and dreaded classes that first-year law students have to take." Well, Contracts probably ranks in the top ten of such classes, but since students only take about eight classes in the first year, and all of them are more tedious, dry and dreaded than contracts, NPR is hardly going to win a Pulitzer for its reporting. And then, next to a photo of Boston University's Mark Pettit "channel[ing] his inner Tom Petty," the report describes Professor Pettit as a "tweedy, balding buttoned-up kind of guy." I smell a set-up.
Returning to reality, NPR's coverage then goes on to explain how Pettit wins hearts and minds by performing various contracts-themed compositions to the tune of popular songs. Pettit thus wins accolades as students' favorite professor and contributes to Boston University's reputation as a great teaching law school because of its "quirky professors who make class more interesting."
The website linked to above also includes a link to recordings of some of Professor Pettit's contracts songs. An exclusive release of his complete oeuvre through K-Tel records is in the works, according to my sources.
By the way, lest you think Professor Pettit is a Dance 10, Looks 3 type, we remind our readers that the Blog has also recently noted his quality scholarship.