Meese and Zick Receive Cabell Research Professorships

William & Mary Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas has announced that two faculty members have received Cabell Research Professorships.  Professors Alan Meese and Timothy Zick each will be a William H. Cabell Research Professor for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Douglas said that Professors Meese and Zick are particularly worthy recipients of these research professorships.  “Both of these professors are outstanding scholars,” Douglas said. “I am delighted that they have received this recognition.”

In 1993, the Cabell Foundation, established by Robert G. and Maude Morgan Cabell III of Richmond, Virginia, created an endowment for a research professorship at the Law School, with matching funds from other donors.  In 2010, the Cabell Foundation, along with matching funds, provided generous funding for a second research professorship endowment.

Alan MeeseProfessor Meese graduated first in his class with high honors in Ancient Greek from the College of William & Mary, where he also earned a secondary concentration in Economics. He then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, served as a Comment Editor on the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. After graduating law school with honors, he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meese joined the William & Mary faculty in 1995 and is the author of thirty scholarly articles and essays appearing in many of the nation’s top law reviews, including the University of Chicago Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. A nationally-recognized expert in Antitrust Law, his work often extends and applies transaction cost economics – a branch of industrial organization theory – to critique antitrust doctrine. Meese served as a Senior Advisor to the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004-2007. He has also authored or co-authored articles on Corporate Political Speech, the Economics of Tort Law, Affirmative Action, Economic Liberty and the Constitution, and the Behavioral Economics of Judicial Decisionmaking. He presented his most recent paper “Standard Oil as Lochner’s Trojan Horse,” at a conference at George Washington University recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Supreme Court's watershed decision in Standard Oil v. United States.

Timothy ZickProfessor Zick graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University and summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award for graduating first in his class. While at Georgetown, he was a Notes & Comments editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following law school, Zick was an associate with the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in the defense of congressional term limits in the Supreme Court of the United States, and Foley Hoag in Boston. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Zick joined the faculty of William & Mary in 2008 after teaching at St. John’s Law School for six years.

Zick has written on a wide variety of constitutional issues, and enjoys special stature as a first amendment scholar.  His first book, Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, examines the dynamic intersection of place and the First Amendment.  He is currently at work on a second book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment, which will also be published by Cambridge University Press.  He has published more than fifteen articles in some of the nation’s leading law reviews, including the Northwestern University Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review.