60 La. L. Rev. 1035 (1999-2000)
Symeon C. Symeonides: A Tribute

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Symeon C. Symeonides: A Tribute
Arthur T von Mehren
This issue of the Louisiana Law Review honors Symeon C. Symeonides. Born
in April 1949 in Cyprus, he received an LL.B. in Private Law in 1972 and an LL.B.
in Public Law and Political Science in 1973, both summa cum laude, from the
Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Law School (Greece).
I first met Symeon in 1973 at Harvard University Law School from which he
was to receive an LL.M. in 1974 and a S.J.D. in 1980 and supervised his theses for
both degrees. His S.J.D. thesis-An Outsider's View of the American Approach to
Choice ofLaw: Comparative Observations on Current American'and Continental
Conflicts Doctrine-is an outstanding work that demonstrated a remarkable grasp
of the subject and perceptive use of the comparative method.
In 1976, after three years at Harvard, Symeonides returned to Thessaloniki as
Assistant Professor of Law. In 1978 he was called to Louisiana State University;
there he remained until July 1999 when he was named Dean and Professor of Law
at Willamette University College of Law.
In the quarter century since his student days ended, Symeonides has had a
remarkably varied and productive career. By nature, he is above all a teacher and
a scholar. But he is also a gifted administrator and an imaginative and skilled law
giver. Louisiana State University will remember him not only for his superb
courses and writings dealing with such diverse subjects as Conflict of Laws,
Comparative Law, International Litigation, Civil Law Property, and Introduction
to Civil Law, but also for his administrative skill and devotion as Vice Chancellor
(Administration, 1991, Administration and Academic Affairs, 1991-1994, and
Academic Affairs, 1994-1997).   He discharged his heavy administrative
responsibilities with skill, objectivity, good judgment, and dispatch while
continuing to attend to his duties as full-time teacher and writer.
Despite  his myriad  and   demanding  academic  and   administrative
responsibilities, he has been active in law reform and a prolific writer. As
Rapporteur and Chairman for the Louisiana State Law Institute's Codification of
Louisiana Conflicts Law, he displayed not only great scholarly and technical ability
but also the political skills required to carry an ambitious and difficult task to a
successful conclusion. I had the privilege of working with Symeonides from 1987
to 1991 as co-rapporteur on a Projet for the Codification of Puerto Rican Private
International Law. Our work drew heavily and with great profit on the Louisiana
codification. We took into account-and sought to harmonize-civil law and
common law practice and theory. Puerto Rico's ambivalent feelings towards the
Copyright 2000, by LOUISIANA LAW REVIEW.
* Joseph Story Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard University.

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