Academic journal article The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Remarks on Charles H. Koch, Jr

Academic journal article The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Remarks on Charles H. Koch, Jr

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It is a memorable moment for me to be back in the historic Great Hall of the Wren Building, where James Blair, my first predecessor, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson dined and where Tara Verkuil celebrated her twenty-first birthday. (I won't reveal her age now.) And of course, Charles and Denise were married just next door at the Wren Chapel in June of 1985.

While I have known Charles on a collegial basis since the early 1980s, I want to recall three interactions with him that reveal the breadth of his talents and the depth of his character. The first occurred in 1990 when, as Chair of the ABA section of Administrative Law, I asked him to accept the assignment as faculty editor of the Administrative Law Review. This is a largely thankless task that involved not only scholarly judgment, but managerial skills and lots of patience. He performed remarkably well and the Review flourished.

The second was a complicated research assignment I asked him to collaborate on in 1992. It was a report for the Administrative Conference (which I now Chair) entitled "The Federal Administrative Judiciary." It was a contentious proj ect involving better ways to appoint and monitor the performance of Administrative Law Judges and other deciders. Again, Charles's knowledge of how the ALJ system worked, gleaned from his years at the Federal Trade Commission, provided invaluable insights to a project that still has relevance to the Conference's work.

The third occasion was a sensitive issue of institutional politics at William & Mary. …

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