The end of the semester ticklist:
- Classes done last Friday. Woohoo.
- Secured Transactions final polished and turned over today. Alright.
- Antitrust final in the percolation process.
The end of the academic year, however, is marked by the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies colloquium at Loyola-Chicago, held every April at about this time. Not sure if this is deliberate, but the event frequently seems to follow the Boston marathon by about four days.
Why do I like the colloquium? One denizen of the program, a person of considerable note in the Antitrust academy, once said "it is the Woodstock of antitrust." Need I another reason?
In case I do, the colloquium predictably has a great program. At least two of the speakers usually tend to be people whose work I do not know well. The topics range quite broadly and -- Woodstock aside -- do not seem to be limited by political viewpoints. (In two speaking roles there over the years I have argued (1) Twombly was correctly decided and (2) aggressive marketing practices that I label "behavioral exploitation" can serve as conduct giving rise to an antitrust violation. Another denizen of some note told me I went from right to left so fast he got whiplash.)
Getting ready to head out for the pleasant drive to Chicago now. Headlines that I'm particularly excited about:
- We have the Chicago School, Post-Chicago, Neo-Chicago, Harvard, and Berkeley schools of antitrust. How about a "Vatican school"?
- US v. Apple and the need to restore public support for competition policy.
- Econometric models as facts in judicial decisionmaking. I read the thesis and I say "wow. That's Twombly."
- The First Amendment/antitrust law interplay in the information economy.
This promises to be a fun trip.