At the North Carolina Law Review Banquet on April 4, faculty advisor Thomas Lee Hazen was surprised with a tribute to his 25 years of service to the Law Review. Thirteen former editors-in-chief, dating from as far back as 1987, attended this year’s banquet — hosted annually by local law firm Brooks Pierce LLP — to honor Hazen, the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law at UNC School of Law.
“For 25 years, since 1987, longer than some of you have been alive … there was Tom Hazen, already a tenured faculty member here, but willing to give many hours as advisor to the North Carolina Law Review,” said UNC School of Law Dean John Charles “Jack” Boger ’74 in his remarks. “Nearly every editor-in-chief has sought his advice and support, yet some years the staff is almost unaware of how instrumental he’s been in keeping the ship upright, above water, pointed in the right direction.”
Editor-in-Chief Andrew Kasper 3L announced that the executive board offices of the Law Review suite were to be named in Hazen’s honor. Kasper also presented Hazen with a plaque acknowledging his 25 years of service.
“It is [his] empathy for student editors, accompanied by, as one former editor-in-chief put it, Professor Hazen’s ‘formidable publication experience’ — which I think I can confidently say is an understatement — that makes Professor Hazen an invaluable resource in bridging the occasional gap between student editors and professional authors,” Kasper said during the evening’s presentation.
In addition to his role with the Law Review, Hazen teaches Business Associations and Securities Regulation. Hazen is the author of a seven-volume treatise on the law of securities regulation; a four-volume treatise on corporate law; a two-volume treatise on broker-dealer law; and a three-volume treatise on derivatives regulation (formerly commodities regulation). Hazen’s scholarly publications are, according to Boger, “constant, prodigious, of exceptional quality, and commanding national respect from leading judges, scholars, and key federal enforcement officials.” Hazen is regularly invited to serve as an expert witness in high profile corporate and securities cases in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere.
Hazen has served on drafting committees to revise the North Carolina nonprofit and business corporation acts as well as the North Carolina Partnership Act. He was vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. He is a former officer of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has also served on the board of the North Carolina Medical Foundation and currently serves as a member of the board of visitors of the North Carolina Children's Hospital, where he was chair of the board for two years.
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-April 11, 2012