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College of Law hosts annual Brendan Brown lecture

Loyola press release - March 29, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will present its annual 2010 Brendan Brown Lecture on Tuesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 405 of the college. The featured speaker this year is Robin P. Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, who will present “Adam Smith in the Courts of the United States.” It is free and open to the public.

The lecture will explore the legacy of Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith related to federal courts and the intellectual struggle between theories of natural law and the emergent scientific theories of the late 18th century.

Smith, widely referred to as the father of modern economics, is the author of “The Wealth of Nations,” first published in 1776 and still considered to be the definitive work on economics. This account of economics at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution promotes a free market economy and stresses the theory of the “invisible hand,” which advocates that a capitalistic system with people acting in their own self-interest is best for a productive society.

Malloy, who is also the director of the Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism at Syracuse University College of Law, has authored eight books and more than 30 articles on market theory, real estate transactions, disability law and economics. These works have been translated into Chinese, Spanish and Japanese. Malloy’s casebook on real estate transactions, coauthored with James Charles Smith, is used at law schools across the country.

Malloy has been a Sun Life research fellow at Oxford University, U.K.; a Dickenson Dees fellow at University of Durham, U.K.; and for three consecutive summers has served as a teaching fellow in China with the Committee on Legal Education Exchange with China.

He serves on the International Advisory Board for the Law and Economics Program at St. Gallens University, Switzerland, and is the 2010 chair of the standing committee on research for the Association of American Law Schools. He is also a past chair of the association’s sections on real estate transactions, law, culture and the humanities. He is the founding president of the Association for Law, Property and Society.

The Brendan Brown Natural Law Institute, established through the generosity of the late Brendan Brown, a former faculty member of the College of Law, sponsors a major annual lecture, colloquia and other scholarly activities in keeping with Brown’s love of natural law and scholarly discourse.

For more information, contact Marla Bennett at 504-861-5584 or mbennett@loyno.edu or professor Dominique Custos at 504-861-5660 or dcustos@loyno.edu.