On November 5, Gregory S. Alexander, the A. Robert Noll Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, presented the 2014 Distinguished Gifford Lecture in Real Property at the University of Hawaii Law School in Maui. Alexander, an internationally renowned expert on property law, delivered a talk entitled "Five Easy Pieces: Recurrent Themes in American Property Law."
Each year, a nationally recognized authority in property law is invited to the UH Law School for the lecture, which is sponsored annually by the Carlsmith Ball law firm. The annual Gifford lectureship was established in 2002 to honor the outstanding work of David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH, and of prominent Hawai'i attorney Jerry M. Hiatt '77.
Avi Soifer, dean of UH Law School, noted how "wonderfully fitting" it was to have "someone of Professor Alexander's stature" to honor David Callies and Jerry Hiatt this year." "Greg's work is consistently provocative in the very best sense," said Soifer.
Alexander, a prolific author, has been a member of the Cornell faculty since 1985. He was the winner of the American Publishers Association's 1997 Best Book of the Year in Law Award for his path-breaking book, Commodity and Propriety. His most recent book is An Introduction to Property Theory (with Eduardo Peñalver). Alexander, who has taught at UCLA, Virginia and Harvard law schools, was the Herbert Smith Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. He also has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, and at the Max Planck Institutes for Comparative Public Law and International Law in both Heidelberg and Hamburg, Germany.