Now, Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State, had just announced his retirement. This followed several bad jokes he’d made that had become public—about Notre Dame, Catholic priests and relative literacy across the Southeastern Conference. Besides encouraging his retirement, I understand that the board of trustees have now banned attempts at public joke telling on the OSU campus, including at conferences. Which was a relief, because I didn’t have any good jokes to start with, I told the audience.
After that obligatory bit of humor, it was on to remarks based on one of my recent books, The AIG Story, which I wrote along with the company’s long-time chairman Hank Greenberg. One of the book’s themes that I wanted to highlight is the dangers of a one-size-fits-all approach to corporate governance. For the assembled audience of young business law scholars, moreover, I wanted to intersect that with some thoughts on scholarly life, my notes on which follow.
It is wonderful to be able to write law review articles that other scholars respect as well as books for a general audience, I said. They are connected. Both require networks. I felt little need to tell those assembled about the value of participating in conferences; they were there. It takes work and is worthwhile.
Frank Partnoy reminds me of my advice to him when he entered teaching: hit on all cylinders. Teach well, help your students, write articles, books, op-eds, essays, white papers; give workshops and lectures; testify and run host conferences; meet the press; today I extol blogging as well—as I do here at Concurring Opinions. Read More