Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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He Knew Why He Was Here


D. D. Welch

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Hal was passionate about his Transnational Legal Studies Program. He was brought to Vanderbilt in 1965 to build an international law program from scratch. In these days of globalization, it is difficult to remember how innovative his work was. In his first year, there were three international law courses at the Law School, all taught by him. There was a testy difference of opinion on campus about whether international law materials should be housed in the Law Library or remain in the University's Central Library...and there were not many materials in that collection. When Maier was named Director of the Transnational Legal Studies Program eight years later, ten international courses were being taught by six faculty members, a substantial international collection was growing in the Law Library, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law had been established, and the School's Jessup International Moot Court team coached by Hal, had won a national championship.