December 13, 2007
The AALS Workshop on Transactional Law
Posted by Gordon Smith

This past May I blogged about a proposal to the Professional Development Committee of the Association of American Law Schools for a "Workshop on Transactional Law." Earlier this week, I was invited to serve on the Planning Committee for that Workshop, which is to be held at the Mid-year Meeting of the AALS in 2009.

Transactional law is hot! And I couldn't be more pleased. In addition to this Workshop, Fred recently blogged about Emory's new Center for Transaction Law and Practice, which is hosting its own conference next May on Teaching Drafting and Transactional Skills: The Basics and Beyond.

One of my goals upon entering academe in 1994 was to bring a transactional perspective to my teaching and scholarship. I was inspired by Ronald Gilson's famous article, Value Creation by Business Lawyers: Legal Skills and Asset Pricing, 94 Yale L.J. 239 (1984), and by the AALS Workshop on the Transactional Approach to Law, held on October 13-15, 1994. I hope that this new conference will inspire a new generation of law scholars to take transactions seriously.

With regard to legal scholarship, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my paper (with Brayden King) on Contracts as Organizations. Since posting that paper, I have connected with a number of young scholars who have an interest in the empirical study of contracts, and I look forward to reading more such work in the near future.

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