Professor Sally Richardson has been elected secretary of the Association of Law, Property and Society (ALPS) for the 2018-19 year at its annual conference, which was recently held at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
The organization brings together more than 150 international property law scholars annually. Richardson, a respected scholar of comparative property law who was recently awarded tenure at Tulane Law School, has been on the organization’s board since 2015 and chairing the Program Committee and organizing its annual conferences since 2014. In 2020, the annual ALPS meeting will take place at Tulane thanks to Richardson's efforts.
“I am honored and humbled to join the officers of ALPS,“ Richardson said. “ALPS is an important institute for property law scholars as it is one of the only forums that brings together such a large number of international scholars who are all focused on property issues. It is very helpful for U.S. scholars to understand the issues concerning countries such as China, England, and South Africa. I am excited to help the ALPS organization continue to grow and allow international property law scholars meet and discuss ideas with one another.“
Richardson joined Tulane in 2012 and serves as the first Charles E. Lugenbuhl Associate Professor of Law. A student favorite, she has taken on important leadership roles at the law school in Academic Affairs, Career Development, and intellectual life.
In addition to her executive leadership role at ALPS, Richardson served on the executive board of the American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativist Committee. As the 2015-16 Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, she organized the Younger Comparativists’ annual conference, hosting more than 100 scholars from across the world at Tulane.
Richardson’s work has been published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Houston Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Tulane Law Review and Louisiana Law Review, and she has made presentations at the University of Illinois, Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Max Planck Institute and the University of Passau in Germany, where she was a visiting professor. In 2015, her scholarship was selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. Richardson writes frequently on the PropertyProf Blog, where she covers topics ranging from the presidential candidates’ perspectives on eminent domain to the property law and customs that govern Mardi Gras. She even explained a Roman property law word that tripped up a competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
She helped start a Federal Bar Association student chapter at Tulane and has played a leading role in expanding and energizing the civil law program. The Class of 2015 chose her to receive the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award.