Introducing Guest Blogger Spencer Weber Waller

I have the great pleasure of introducing Professor Spencer Weber Waller who teaches at Loyola-Chicago and will be guest blogging with us in October.  Spencer kindly wrote a welcome post, so I include it below.  We are so happy to have you blogging with us!

Thanks to Danielle Citron and all the regular contributors at Concurring Opinions for allowing me to guest for the month of Ocwallertober.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with my work and background, I have been teaching at Loyola-Chicago since 2000, teaching and writing mostly in antitrust and consumer protection, and directing the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.  Before that, I spent ten wonderful years on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School following eight years of law practice with the government and with a firm in Chicago.  I am also a recidivist Associate Dean having served in different capacities with that title at both Brooklyn and Loyola.

As a scholar, I spent most of my first ten years writing about the application of US antitrust law to foreign commerce, the growth of foreign competition law, and other developments in international and comparative antitrust.  Of late, I have been increasing interested in issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.  Both of these areas seem to be where the action is in my fields and overly dominated by fairly narrow neo-classical economic analysis.

Most recently, I have working with fellow Concurring Opinons contributor Deven Desai on a large piece on the power of brands and how neither trademark law nor antitrust has captured the importance of brands in our modern economy or created a meaningful legal regime to regulate when become an enduring source of market power.  But more about that in future posts.

In my month or so with you, I plan to share more thoughts about the power of brands, a few of the activities of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, antitrust enforcement in the Obama Administration, and occasional musings about legal academia.  Thanks for having me.

Here are a few of Spencer’s recent articles:

The Law and Economics Virus, Cardozo L. Rev. (forthcoming 2009).
Justice Stevens and the Rule of Reason, 61 SMU L. Rev. 693 (2009).
Areeda, Epithets, and Essential Facilities, 2008 Wisc. L. Rev. 360.
Revitalizing Essential Facilities, 75 Antitrust L. J. 1 (2008) (co-author Brett Frischmann)

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2 Responses

  1. William Love says:

    I am glad to see the guest appearance of Prof. Waller. He provides thoughtful and intriguing commentary to each topic he touches, and I was lucky to count him among my professors. I personally liked (among many others)his book “International Trade and U.S. Antitrust Law” as well as his article on “The Language of Law and the Language of Business”.

    I am sure he will provide valuable insight, and I look forward to reading his posts!

  2. It should be interesting hearing Prof. Waller’s comments. I had him for a seminar course on antitrust/IP law and he always gave us great insights.