August 1st, 2011 — By — In News & Events

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be honored with the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize in Beijing, China

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, China. The 2011 conference is co-sponsored by Tsinghua University School of Law, William & Mary Law School and The College of William & Mary.

“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.”

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.

All seven previous recipients of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize will join Justice O’Connor in Beijing for the 8th annual conference. 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.

The theme for the 2011 conference is “Comparative Property Rights.” Panel topics will focus on property as an instrument of social policy, property as an economic institution, property rights and the environment, a roundtable discussion on the future of property rights as well as a discussion of the important property rights decisions of Justice O’Connor’s judicial career. Panelists include the seven previous recipients of the Brigham-Kanner Prize, American property rights scholars and attorneys as well as legal scholars from Tsinghua University and throughout China.

Visit for more details regarding the panel topics, speakers and activities planned for the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing. The William & Mary Alumni Committee is planning a post-conference tour of China and Hong Kong. You may also contact the Assistant Director of the William & Mary Property Rights Conference Committee, Kathy Pond, at (757) 221-3796 or to learn more about the conference and the post-conference tour.

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