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W&M Property Rights Project publishes second volume

  • Fundamental importance of property rights
    Fundamental importance of property rights  The journal is edited by Professor Lynda Butler. The Journal's Board of Advisors includes Professor Butler, Christi A. Cassel, formerly with Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk, Va., James W. Ely, Jr., of Vanderbilt University, and Joseph T. Waldo of Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk, Va.  Photo by David F. Morrill
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The William & Mary Property Rights Project announced today the publication of the second volume of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal.

Volume two features six articles that explore the impact of the work of Professor James E. Krier, a leading property law scholar; property rights in times of economic crisis; and property’s moral dimension. The journal is published by the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project and is available by subscription for $15 per volume.

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“The conference journal grew out of the enthusiasm to ‘keep the conversation going’ among the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners who have gathered at William & Mary each fall for the last 10 years for the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference,” says Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda L. Butler, director of the Property Rights Project.

Conference Co-Chair Joseph T. Waldo, a 1978 graduate of the W&M Law School, and partner and president of Waldo & Lyle in Norfolk, Va., recalled the impetus for the conference, first held in 2004. He said that the annual gathering grew from the belief that a forum was needed in which members of the practicing bar and academic experts could meet and exchange ideas.  It is the members of the bar, Waldo says, who are "advancing the cause of democracy by protecting the fundamental civil right to own private property.”

Volume two features articles by Eric R. Claeys of George Mason University School of Law, Robert C. Ellickson of Yale Law School, James W. Ely, Jr. of Vanderbilt Law School, Carol M. Rose of Arizona Law School, Christopher Serkin of Vanderbilt Law School, and Stewart E. Sterk of Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. 

The journal's Board of Advisors includes Professor Butler and Mr. Waldo, along with Christi A. Cassel, formerly with Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk, Va., and Professor James W. Ely, Jr., of Vanderbilt Law School. Jan G. Abbott and Heather N. DiAngelis of the William & Mary Journal Center served as assistant editors.

For information about subscribing to the journal in print or electronic format, contact Jan Abbott at the Journal Center at