W&L Law Prof. David Millon Begins Term as SEALS President

Lexington, VA Wednesday, August 08, 2012


Prof. David Millon
David Millon, J. B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, took the helm as President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) at its recent annual meeting. Millon will serve as president of the organization for the 2012-13 term.

Founded in 1947, SEALS is an academic organization that sponsors an annual meeting attracting legal scholars from around the U.S. and abroad.  This year's week-long meeting included 59 scholarly panels and discussion groups on a vast array of topics.  Over 600 professors participated in the conference.

As in the past, the conference was held at a resort, and the relaxed and collegial atmosphere provided rich opportunities for networking and informal interactions among newly minted faculty members and more seasoned colleagues.  Next year's annual meeting will be held on August 4-10 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Millon says he is most proud of the commitment SEALS has made to inclusiveness, bringing together a diverse group of scholars who engage each other actively in formal and informal academic exchange.

"During the coming year, I and my fellow board members are committed to enhancing further this important part of our mission," said Millon. "In addition, I hope that we can do a better job of 'getting the word out' about the exciting and enriching scholarly opportunities that SEALS provides, all within a relaxed and enjoyable family-friendly atmosphere."

W&L Law faculty are very active within SEALS. This year professors Johanna Bond, Christopher Bruner, Mark Drumbl, Jill Fraley, Brant Hellwig, John Keyser, J.D. King, Todd Peppers, Joan Shaughnessy, and Robin Wilson all participated in panels or discussion groups to present their research or serve as moderators.

In addition to his duties with the organization during the conference, Millon also served as a panelist in a session on how recent Supreme Court decisions and congressional legislation are affecting business and regulatory issues and in a discussion group focused on teaching business law in a new economic environment.

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 publications include the articles "Human Rights and Delaware Corporate Law" and "Two Models of Corporate Social Responsibility" and a book, 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.

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