Scott Bullock of the Institute for Justice spoke to classes in the business school and law school and gave a public lecture on his work defending property owners and small business owners from onerous government regulations and abuses. Bullock litigates cases on the behalf of clients whose property is being unfairly taken or regulated by the government.
"The poor have been the chief beneficiaries of modern capitalism. It is an irrefutable historical finding," says University of Illinois professor and Academy Senior Fellow, in The Bourgeois Dignity.
Business students learned about market-based solutions to environmental problems, from Academy Senior Fellow, Andy Morriss.
Academy funding brought Susan E. Dudley to campus to speak to the College of Law's Administrative Law class on October 2, 2009.
Ms. Dudley is currently the Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and previously served as the Presidentially-appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (April 2007 through January 2009), where she was responsible for the review of draft executive branch regulations under Executive Order 12866, the collection of federal-government-wide information under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the development and implementation of government-wide policies in the areas of information policy, privacy, and statistical policy, and international regulatory cooperation efforts. Prior to OIRA, she directed the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught courses on regulation at the George Mason University School of Law.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Dudley served as an economist at OIRA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was also a consultant to government and private clients at Economists Incorporated. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The Academy funded a visit by entrepreneur and developer Wallace Kaufman, author of "Coming Out of the Woods". Kaufman began his career as an English professor at the University of North Carolina. To enable himself to be able to live in the woods, Kaufman became one of the first environmental property developers, creating the community of Saralyn outside Chapel Hill using private land covenants to protect the environment while providing home sites to those desiring a different lifestyle. Since then, he has become an advisor to USAID on property rights working in Central Asia and a builder in the Pacific Northwest. Kaufman's memoir of his experiences demonstrates the power of property law to enable people to fulfill diverse life goals. His frank discussion of the successes and failures of Saralyn teach valuable lessons about the power and limits of the law.