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Smith named president-elect of Association for Law, Property and Society

Jim Smith

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia School of Law faculty member James C. “Jim” Smith was recently named president-elect of the Association for Law, Property and Society at the organization’s fifth annual meeting held in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the University of British Columbia.

Smith’s term will run from 2014 to 2015, and he will serve as president from 2015 to 2016. He most recently served as treasurer for the organization.

Smith, who holds the law school’s Martin Chair of Law, joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1984, and he specializes in property, real estate transactions and commercial law. He is the co-author of several books, including “The Law of Property: Cases and Materials” and “Real Estate Transactions: Problems, Cases and Materials,” and is the editor of “Property and Sovereignty: Legal and Cultural Perspectives.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and his law degree from the University of Texas. He then served as a judicial clerk for Judge Walter R. Ely of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The Association for Law, Property and Society is a membership organization for scholars doing interdisciplinary legal scholarship on all aspects of property law and policy, including real, personal, intellectual, intangible, cultural, personal and other forms of property. Next spring the association’s annual meeting will be held at the UGA School of Law.

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