Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Alford, Tor, & Kelly to Notre Dame
Many readers will be familiar with Roger Alford's work in international-trade and international-arbitration law, as well as comparative constitutional law, and also -- more important, of course! -- with his blogging at Opinio Juris. I'm delighted to report that he has accepted a lateral offer from Notre Dame Law School, and will be joining us next year, moving from Pepperdine. (Yes, that's right -- a move from Malibu to South Bend. Lake Michigan pwns the Pacific!)
UPDATE: We at Notre Dame have two more lateral hires that I'm really happy to report: From Baltimore, we've landed James Kelly, who'll be adding some important transactional and community-development dimensions to our clinical programs, and also Avishalom Tor, from the University of Haifa, who is doing excellent work in Behavioral Analysis of Law. Add to these some first-rate entry-level hires and I think my colleagues and I had a great year!
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It's much easier to concentrate on one's work without the distractions provided by the magnificent vistas, the sublime views of the Pacific Ocean found along the California coastline. And California voters are stubbornly Democratic (the folks at Pepperdine being an exception to the rule), so Roger will feel more at home in the Midwest, where I suspect a higher percentage of people also still regularly attend church services. Finally, Roger will get a break from routine fires, earthquakes, landslides.... Oh, I almost forget: I'm sure he'll relish the fact he's no longer in promiscuous proximity to Charlie Sheen.
As much as I often find myself disagreeing with Roger's views as expressed at Opinio Juris, it's not hard to see that Notre Dame is blessed...or fortunate, to have Roger join its academic community.
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Mar 30, 2011 10:05:08 AM
As a first year prof at Pepperdine, it would be difficult for me to overestimate what an amazing colleague/mentor Roger has been. Notre Dame is incredibly lucky to have Roger join their ranks - although I'm hopeful that the Malibu sun will ensure regular visits to our shores.
Posted by: Michael Helfand | Mar 30, 2011 11:28:26 AM
Patrick, nicely done. And congrats to Roger.
Posted by: Orin Kerr | Mar 30, 2011 1:53:38 PM