William & Mary Law School has announced that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will receive the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the 8th annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights conference, scheduled for October 14-15, 2011 in Beijing. The 2011 conference is co-sponsored by Tsinghua University School of Law and will take place during the university's 100th anniversary celebration. The faculty of Tsinghua University School of Law includes many of China's most noted scholars. Its distinguished graduates include Judges Tieya Wang and Ruao Mei, and Justice Duanmu Zheng of the Supreme People's Court.
Justice O'Connor served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006. She became Chancellor of the College of William & Mary following her retirement from the judiciary. In May 2010, the William & Mary Law School faculty awarded her its highest honor, the Marshall-Wythe Medallion, in recognition of her exceptional accomplishments and leadership.
Justice O'Connor will be joined in Beijing by all seven previous recipients of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize will participate in the 8th annual conference in Beijing. The past recipients include: Professor Frank I. Michelman, Harvard Law School (2004), Professor Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School (2005), Professor James W. Ely, Jr., Vanderbilt Law School (2006), Professor Margaret Jane Radin, University of Michigan Law School (2007), Professor Robert C. Ellickson, Yale Law School (2008), and Professor Richard E. Pipes, Harvard University (2009) and Professor Carol M. Rose, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (2010). Additionally, it is expected that the eminent domain attorneys and property rights advocates after whom the prize has been named, Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner, will also attend this historical international conference in Beijing.
"I am delighted that Justice O'Connor will allow us to recognize her contributions to property law jurisprudence and that she has agreed to travel to Beijing to receive the award and to attend the conference," said William & Mary Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas. O'Connor's nomination in 1981 as the Supreme Court's first female justice, he said, ranked "among the momentous events in American history," and she was "one of the Court's most influential justices of the past half century."
More to come regarding the events, speakers and activities planned for the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference. You may also contact the William & Mary Property Rights Project via the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs or (757) 221 - 3796 for additional details.