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Thursday, December 21, 2017

The 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts (KCON XIII) is Looking Great!

 Barry-New-LogoKCON, the annual International Conference on Contracts, is a favorite of this blog, having been associated with us since its inception. The 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts will be held at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, which is just around the corner (February 23 and 24, 2018).  The conference is shaping up nicely and is well worth adding to your conference and travel plans for next semester!

For those unaware, the 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts is the largest annual scholarly and educational conference devoted to Contracts and related areas of commercial law. The two-day conference is designed to afford contracts scholars and teachers at all experience levels (including those preparing to enter the academy and those whose primary teaching appointment is not in a law school) an opportunity to present/demonstrate and discuss (formally and informally) recently-published and accepted-but-not-yet-published scholarship, works-in-progress, thought experiments, not-yet-fully-formed ideas for scholarship, and pedagogical innovations, as well as to network with colleagues — and potential collaborators or mentors — from around the country and other parts of the world.

Courtesy of conference organizer Dan O'Gorman, here are some highlights so far:

James J. White Robert SummersWe will be honoring Professor James J. White of the University of Michigan Law School and Professor Robert S. Summers of Cornell Law School with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to the field of contract law. Professor White will be in attendance to accept the awards on behalf of both himself and Professor Summers.

The Barry Law Review has agreed to have its annual spring symposium be a panel at KCon 13. In honor of our lifetime achievement award recipients, the panel will focus on Article 2 of the U.C.C. The panel will be moderated by Victor Goldberg, and panelists include Lisa Bernstein (via Skype), Robert HillmanSteven Walt, and James White. A second panel on Article 2 is also in the works moderated by Frank Snyder, and featuring Henry Gabriel, Reporter for the Revisions of U.C.C. Article 2, 1999-2003, and whose piece will also be included in the symposium edition.

 We will have a panel on Judge Posner and his contracts jurisprudence (moderated by Michael Malloy, with panelists Bob Brain, Deborah Gerhardt, Victor Goldberg, and Jeff Harrison).

We will have a panel on the economics of contract law (moderated by Jeff Harrison, with panelists Yonathan Arbel, Peter Gerhart, Victor Goldberg, and Wentong Zheng).

We will have a panel celebrating/decrying Judge Traynor’s 1968 opinion in Pacific Gas & Electric on its 50th anniversary (moderated by Fred Jonassen, with panelists Steve Burton, Robert Hillman, and others soon to be confirmed).

Professor Tina Stark will have a show-and-tell during one of the lunch sessions about her antique English indentures. She has some going back to the 1400s, others from the Elizabethan age, some with huge regnal seals, and others of historical interest because of references to peppercorns.

We have a substantial number of international scholars who will be making presentations.

We will be having dinner at a tapas restaurant in downtown Orlando, with a trivia contest during dinner.

So if you have not done so already, we encourage you to reserve a room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Orlando at your earliest convenience. 

You can register for the conference here:  

You can book your hotel room here:

The deadline to submit an abstract was December 11, but abstracts submitted after that date will be accepted on a space available basis.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Orlando in February. Please note that the average high temperature in Orlando on February 23 and 24 is 74 degrees. (This is not a warranty, however.)

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