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Tenth Annual Hayek Lecture with Professor Thomas Merrill

We are pleased to invite you to the Tenth Annual Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture featuring Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.  This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Hayek’s Nobel Prize in Economics.  Professor Merrill will deliver the evening’s keynote address titled “Possession as a Natural Right.”  Trevor Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU Law, Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU Law, and Mario Rizzo, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU, will make introductory remarks.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU Law and the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty and will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, Greenburg Lounge, located at 40 Washington Square South.  A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

 This event has been approved for 1.5 New York State CLE credits.  It will be appropriate for both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format.

 Professor Merrill writes widely in the fields of property and administrative law. In property, he has authored, with Henry Smith of Harvard, a series of articles relating the structure of property rights to information costs, as well as a leading casebook (“Property: Principles and Policies,” 2012); a series of studies, with Joseph Kearney of Marquette, on the role of public property rights in the development of the Chicago lakefront; and a variety of writings on constitutional property. In administrative law, he has written a number of pieces about the history of administrative law, and about judicial review of agency interpretations of law.

Professor Merrill is a graduate of Grinnell College (1971) and Oxford University (1973), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Chicago Law School (1977). He clerked for the Hon. David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for the Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court. From 1987-1990 he was Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Merrill has previously taught at Northwestern Law School (1981-2003) and at Yale Law School (2008-2010). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As is the custom with the Hayek lectures, Professor Merrill’s talk will be published in the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty.  The Hayek lecture series has addressed many different topics since its inception, but it remains true to its mission: to challenge audiences to help shape a better world.

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