Center Events

Past Conferences

February 23 & 24, 2018
Antitrust and the Constitutional Order
, presented by the William & Mary Law Review; co-sponsored by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law and the Center for the Study of Law and Markets

antitrust conference panel

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Opening Remarks and Panel 1: Antitrust and the First Amendment

Panel 2: Economic Liberty: Competition and the Constitution

Panel 3: Federalism Concerns in Antitrust Jurisprudence

Panel 4: Institutional Design of Antitrust Enforcement

The Law Review will publish the papers in Volume 60.

April 7, 2017
Markets, Morality, and Contract Law,
the inaugural conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Markets

2017 Center Conference

The Center’s inaugural event brought together leading contract law theorists for a discussion using as its starting point themes from the recently published book THE DIGNITY OF COMMERCE: MARKETS AND THE MORAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONTRACT LAW (University of Chicago Press 2017) by Professor Nathan B. Oman. The William & Mary Business Law Review will publish papers from the conference in a future journal volume.

Past Lectures

November 5, 2018
Guest lecture by SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr.

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SEC Commissioner Jackson
Robert J. Jackson, Jr., was nominated to the Securities and Exchange Commission by President Trump on Sept. 1, 2017, and sworn in by the Senate on Jan. 11, 2018. Prior to his appointment to the SEC, Jackson was also a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He also previously practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Treasury following the financial crisis of 2007-08. Jackson received his B.A., B.S., and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Policy and J.D. from Harvard University.

April 2, 2018
"Markets and Morality," a lecture by Professor Julia D. Mahoney, University of Virginia School of LawProfessor Julia Mahoney

Julia D. Mahoney joined the University of Virginia faculty as an associate professor in 1999 and is now John S. Battle Professor of Law. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and, before entering the legal academy, practiced law at the New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Her scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials. Learn more.

March 19, 2018
"Current Issues in Securities Regulation," a lecture by SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar

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SEC CommissionerMichael S. Piwowar was first appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Barack Obama and was sworn in on August 15, 2013. Dr. Piwowar was designated Acting Chairman of the Commission by President Donald Trump from January 23, 2017, to May 4, 2017. Previously, Dr. Piwowar was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs under Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). He was the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. Learn more.

February 21, 2018
"Federal Environmental Regulation Reconsidered," a lecture by Professor Jonathan Professor AdlerH. Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of seven books, including Business and the Roberts Court (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on Endangered Species Act Reform (AEI Press, 2011), and over a dozen book chapters. Learn more.

November 13, 2017
“The Constitutional Law of Economic Liberty, as Told Exclusively through Cows,” a Mr. Gilbertlecture by Sheldon Gilbert, Institute for Justice

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Sheldon Gilbert is the director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), which he joined in 2017. As CJE’s director, he educates the public about the proper role of judges in enforcing constitutional limits on the size and scope of government. Before joining the Institute for Justice, Mr. Gilbert worked as a litigator for the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, where he represented the Chamber in over 400 cases in federal and state courts addressing a host of important business law issues—from property rights to free speech—including nearly a hundred cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more.

Professor RichmanApril 17, 2017
“Should We Subject Religion to Market Forces?  Examining the Economics of Judaism,” a lecture by Professor Barack D. Richman, Duke University Law School

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Professor Richman’s primary research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. His work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. His book Stateless Commerce was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. Learn more.

Professor BaradaranMarch 31, 2017
"How the Other Half Banks: Poverty and Banking," a lecture by Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, University of Georgia Law School

Professor Baradaran's scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks with the Harvard University Press and The Color of Money: An History of Black Banking (forthcoming, Harvard University Press). She and her book How the Other Half Banks have received significant national and international media coverage and has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, American Banker, Financial Times, National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour” and as part of TEDxUGA. Learn more.

Professor Kimberly KrawiecNovember 1, 2016
"Law and Taboo Markets," a lecture by Professor Kimberly D. Krawiec, Duke University Law School

Professor Krawiec is an expert on corporate law who teaches courses on securities, corporate, and derivatives law. Her research interests span a variety of fields, including the empirical analysis of contract disputes; the choice of organizational form by professional service firms, including law firms; forbidden or taboo markets; corporate compliance systems; insider trading; derivatives hedging practices; and “rogue” trading.  Learn more.