[PAST EVENT] St. George Tucker Lecture to Address Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor

January 31, 2013
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Law School, Room 127
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
"Class lines are sharpening in America today," said Kades, a nationally known expert on property rights and economic development. "Even more worrisome," he said, "the social and legal regimes that put the American dream within the reach of generations of Americans are under sustained, well-financed assault." In his lecture, he will examine the symptoms of what he describes as a "new feudalism."

They include, for example:
* income inequality in America, which is among the highest in the developing world, while upward social mobility is among the lowest;
* segregation by income in housing and schooling, which has steadily increased since World War II; and
* America's income tax, which is extraordinarily less progressive than it was even 40 years ago.
He also will outline a range of options available to policymakers that can stem the growing economic divide.

Professor Eric A. Kades is a nationally known scholar in the fields of property rights and economic development. His articles have appeared in Law & History Review, Northwestern University Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Professor Kades received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University, where he was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and clerked for Judge Morton I. Greenberg on the Third Circuit. He began his academic career at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he received three teaching awards.

Since joining the William & Mary law faculty in 2002, Professor Kades has been honored with the 2004 Walter L. Williams, Jr., Teaching Award, a 2004 Alumni Fellowship Award, and the 2011 John Marshall Award.

He served as the Law School's vice dean from 2008-11 and is past director of the William & Mary Property Rights Project.

Following Professor Kades's lecture, Emeritus Professor James W. Ely, Jr., will provide commentary. Ely was the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, a professor of law, and a professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

The St. George Tucker Lecture series was established in 1996 to recognize annually the scholarly achievements of a senior member of the W&M Law School faculty.

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