Filling Ken Lay’s Chair

The Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia has an opening: the Kenneth L. Lay Chair in International Economics. The Chair was endowed in 1999 but so far there have been no takers. With Ken off to the Big House, the odds of filling the Chair have dropped even further.

Which raises an interesting question: which endowed Chairs (if any) would law professors refuse? The Martha Stewart Chair in Business Ethics? The Fred Phelps Chair in Family Law? The Roger Taney Chair in Law and History?

Would Dan Solove, for example, take the Michael Hayden Chair in Privacy Law? What if it came with a fat salary, no teaching requirements, and a guarantee to increase blogger readership ten fold?

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3 Responses

  1. Where do I sign up? 🙂

  2. Daniel Ernst says:

    On that Roger B. Taney chair: the Georgetown University Law Center doesn’t have one, but into the 1930s it did commemorate him, doubtless because the founders of the law school in 1870 were, like Taney, white Marylanders, Democrats, and the scions of slave-holding families. See the symposium issue of the Georgetown Law Journal 24 (May 1936).