The chair was created 20 years ago for Louis Sohn (below right), an international law luminary involved in, among many other things, the San Francisco Conference at which the U.N. Charter was adopted, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the U.N. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the landmark environmental conference in Stockholm. Sohn, who died in 2006 at age 92, was a colleague of Dean Rusk, the former U.S. Secretary of State who founded Georgia Law's Dean Rusk Center. Directing the Center these days is former U.S. Rep. Don Johnson; I look forward to working with him, international law scholars Harlan Cohen, Tim Meyer, and Bo Rutledge, Dean Rebecca H. White, and all on the faculty at Georgia Law. (Thanks to Georgia Law librarian Sharon Bradley for the photo of Sohn, by Athens attorney Paige Otwell.)
My husband, Peter O'Neill, whom the University of Southern California this past December awarded a much-deserved Ph.D. in Literature, will become an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the same university, located in Athens, a vibrant community northeast of Atlanta that our family looks forward to joining.
It is difficult for me to leave California-Davis, where for many years wonderful students and wonderful colleagues, under the leadership of Dean Kevin R. Johnson, have provided me an academic home. But I'm confident that the law school's California International Law Center at King Hall, for which I was honored to serve as founding Director, will continue to thrive under its new Director, my colleague Anupam Chander.
I am most humbled to have the honor now to don Louis Sohn's signature beret.