Douglas G Baird

Robert Scott, President

Alfred McCormack Professor of Law at Columbia University

Robert Scott is a nationally recognized scholar and teacher in the fields of contracts, commercial transactions and bankruptcy. His work in the field has set the standard for the economic analysis of the law of contracts. Scott is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Bar Foundation, and the American Law Institute. He served as the Dean of the University of Virginia Law School from 1991–2001.

Kathryn Spier

Kathryn Spier, Vice President

Domenico de Sole Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School

Kathryn E. Spier is the Domenico de Sole Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School and is a Research Associate in the Law and Economics Group of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her PhD from MIT in 1989, and her BA in mathematics and economics from Yale in 1985. Before joining the Harvard Law School in 2007, she was for 13 years a professor in the Management and Strategy department at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and served as the Richard M. Paget Distinguished Professor. Before that, she served as assistant and associate professor in the Harvard Economics Department. Professor Spier is currently serving as a co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization and the advisory board of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, among others. She also has held leadership positions in the American Law and Economics Association. Professor Spier has published extensively in the areas of law and economics and industrial organization. Her areas of interest include the economics of litigation, contracts, tort law, antitrust, and business organization. Her current research on contracts and bargaining is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Ian Ayres

Ian Ayres, Secretary-Treasurer

William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School

Ian is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale's School of Management. Ian has published 11 books (including the New York Times best-seller, Super Crunchers) and over 100 articles on a wide range of topics including Fair Driving: Gender and Race Discrimination in Retail Car Negotiations, 104 Harvard Law Review 817 (1991) and Filling Gaps in Incomplete Contracts: An Economic Theory of Default Rules, 99 Yale Law Journal 87 (1989) (with Robert Gertner). He has been a columnist for Forbes magazine, a commentator on public radio’s Marketplace, and a contributor to the New York Times' Freakonomics Blog. Ian is a co-founder of, a web site that helps you stick to your goals. In an Illinois post-conviction proceeding, Ayres helped convince a court to vacate his client's death sentence. In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.