Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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I have been asked to speak for 10 to 15 minutes about a very dear friend and colleague of 25 years, Jon Charney, specifically about his contribution to Vanderbilt Law School. It is difficult to encapsulate any professor's contribution over the course of 30 years in mere minutes. This is especially difficult in Jon Charney's case, because in my opinion, Jon made an extraordinary, extensive, and enduring contribution that has earned him a place in the pantheon, among the giants in the history of this Law School.

This might seem an odd assertion to those who were acquainted with Jon. He never held a high administrative position to the best of my knowledge. He was not one to constantly prowl the halls engaged in all the give and take of daily life at an academic institution. In fact, more often than not he was away from the Law School. What he was doing while away, however, says a lot about what he uniquely contributed.