Five Questions

February 2, 2009Duke Law News

1. What are you working on right now?
I'm working on my new book project, tentatively entitled: "Casting a Legal Eye: Agency Relationships in Art Markets."

2. What are your interests or passions outside your scholarly work and teaching?
Reading, looking at art, travel, gardening, walking, working on my old house and enjoying it with family and friends.

3. If you could sit in on one professor's class, which professor would you choose, which class, and why?
Shifting back in time, I'd want to attend a Torts class by Professor Warren Seavey at Harvard Law School. He was the Reporter for the Second Restatement of Agency and finished up the first Restatement as well. I thought about him a lot when I worked as the Reporter for the Third Restatement. He was a legendary teacher of a subject, Torts, that I had the good fortune to teach for the first time last semester.

4. What are you reading right now?
Mrs. Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your colleagues and students.
I like snow. Not to the extent it falls in my home town in northwestern Pennsylvania, but occasionally and beautifully as on Inauguration Day last week.
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