William H. Taft IV Appointed by Stanford Law School to the Warren Christopher Professorship of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Washington Of Counsel William H. Taft IV has been appointed by Stanford Law School to the Warren Christopher Professorship of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy. He will join Stanford Law School this fall and remain in residence during the 2007-2008 school year, teaching Contemporary Issues in International Law and Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Law. He will also join the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford as a visiting scholar.
Mr. Taft succeeds Allen Weiner, who has been the inaugural Warren Christopher Professor of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy since 2003, and who will remain at Stanford Law School as a senior lecturer in international law.
The Warren Christopher Professorship of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy was established to honor Warren Christopher, former Secretary of State of the United States and alumnus of Stanford Law School. It is a joint appointment between Stanford Law School and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University's primary forum for interdisciplinary research on key international issues and challenges. The joint position reflects the multifaceted nature of one of the nation’s most influential statesmen: Warren Christopher is considered by many to be the consummate lawyer-statesman who bridges the gap between public and private, national and international. Among his many accomplishments, his negotiations played a key role in the release of American hostages in Iran; he chaired the commission which investigated the Rodney King assault and subsequent riots in Los Angeles; he served on the California Hate Crimes Task Force; and today he continues as a senior partner at O’Melveny & Myers law firm.
“The Warren Christopher endowed professorship was designed to pay tribute to a great statesman and to provide a valuable, lasting resource to support the study and teaching of international issues that shape the future of our world,” said Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer. “Given William Taft’s substantial experience in international diplomacy, he is eminently qualified for this chair and we are very fortunate to be able to offer his experience to our students.”