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W&L's Millon President-Elect of Prestigious Law School Association

David Millon, the J. B. Stombock Professor of Law and Law Alumni Faculty Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was named president-elect of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) at its recent annual meeting. Millon will serve in this position during 2011-12 and will become president of the organization for the 2012-13 term.

Started in 1947, SEALS is comprised of 65 institutional member schools, 23 affiliate member schools and several foreign member schools. The primary activity of the organization is an annual legal conference held during the summer at a family-friendly venue. SEALS just completed its 64th annual meeting, which was attended by more than 500 scholars, the largest attendance in the history of the conference.

Millon says the timing and location of the conference enhance the special character of the organization.

“What is unique about our meeting is the combination of excellent academic programs and a friendly, collegial environment that facilitates informal exchanges, mentoring, and opportunities to develop new professional relationships,” says Millon.  “SEALS has earned a reputation as a top-notch legal conference and is growing in popularity every year. As president, my primary goal is to nurture our unique blend of academic excellence, informality, and openness.”

A highly respected scholar in the areas of corporate law and legal history, Millon has written about some of the most pressing issues of the day, from corporate social responsibility to the Enron collapse to the ramifications of the recent Citizens United decision. His most recent publication is Select Ecclesiastical Cases from the King’s Courts 1272-1307, which explores the relationship between the Catholic Church’s court system and the King’s common law courts during the reign of Edward I.

From 2000 to 2006, Millon served W&L Law as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and from 1994-1997 as Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, the law school’s research and scholarship arm. Millon holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Ohio State University, a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard.

W&L Law faculty are very active within SEALS. This year Professors Christopher Bruner, Johanna Bond, Mark Drumbl, Jim Moliterno, Tim MacDonnell, Joshua Fairfield, and Robin Wilson all joined distinguished panels to present their research. In addition, John Keyser, Associate Dean for Administration and Technology, presented on teaching quantitative research and was also named chair of the conference technology committee.

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