William and Mary Law School

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honored at U.S. Embassy Reception in Beijing

  • Welcome
    Welcome
    U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Robert S. Wang, at left, was on hand to welcome members of the Property Rights conference planning committee including Joseph T. Waldo of Waldo & Lyle in Norfolk,Va., and Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda Butler, director of the William & Mary Property Rights Project.
  • Scholars
    Scholars
    New York University Tisch Professor of Law Richard E. Epstein, at left, the 2005 recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize, and William & Mary's Lee Professor of Law William W. Van Alstyne.
  • Scholars
    Scholars
    Yale University Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law Robert C. Ellickson was the 2008 recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.
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    Scholars
    Frank I. Michelman, center, was the inaugural recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize in 2004. He is the Robert Walmsley Professor at Harvard Law School.
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    Scholars
    Carol M. Rose, the Ashby Lohse Chair at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, was the 2010 recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was honored on Oct. 13 for her contributions to property rights jurisprudence at a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, hosted by the embassy and William & Mary Law School.  The reception was the prelude to the Eighth Annual Brigham -Kanner Property Rights Conference held Oct. 14-15 in Beijing, sponsored by William & Mary Law School in cooperation with Tsinghua University School of Law.

Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda Butler, Director of the William & Mary Property Rights Project, expressed her appreciation during the reception to Ambassador Gary Locke for the embassy's hospitality and to Dean Zhen-min Wang and to Vice Dean Weixing Shen of Tsinghua University School of Law for their collegiality in hosting the conference on their campus. O'Connor was recognized with the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize during the conference. About one hundred law professors, judges, and attorneys from both the  U.S. and China participated in the two-day meeting.

Butler read from a message from Justice O'Connor that expressed her appreciation to Ambassador Locke and to the embassy staff for hosting the reception.  She expressed her regret that she could not attend the conference and thanked Tsinghua University for its friendship.  " ... On behalf of both the College [of William & Mary] and of William & Mary Law School," Justice O'Connor wrote, "I want to extend our deepest gratitude to Tsinghua University for hosting the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference on its beautiful campus and for encouraging participation of so many of China's leading property rights scholars."  To read the complete text of Justice O'Connor's message, click here.

The annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference is sponsored by the William & Mary Property Rights Project.  The conference and conference journal were designed to encourage the exchange of ideas between scholars and members of the property rights bar throughout the world.