I am grateful to the wonderful BU community that has taught me so much, and to those who made this event possible. I thank Dean O'Rourke for hosting this wonderful event, Mary Gallagher, Cornell Stinson and Erin Elwood for organizing it, and I thank you all for coming. I am honored to follow Bill Ryckman in the Chair, a man I admire. Most especially I thank Phil Beck for his generosity to the Boston University School of Law in funding this Chair. It's flattering to me having been chosen its recipient, and flattering to the school that Phil chose us as to receive his gift. The loyalty of a school's graduates, particularly those who, like Phil Beck, are leaders of the bar, is one of the best compliments a school can receive on the education and community it provides.
Wendy J. Gordon, Draft of Beck Lecture (Sep. 21, 2010) (unpublished manuscript).