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Prominent antitrust scholar to give inaugural UF Law antitrust lecture

Published: February 1st, 2010

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Herbert Hovenkamp, a professor of law recognized by the Department of Justice for his antitrust scholarship, will be the inaugural speaker for the University of Florida Levin College of Law Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Series on U.S. Antitrust Policy.

On Feb. 5 at 11 a.m., Hovenkamp, the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair at the University of Iowa College of Law and the recipient of the 2008 John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, will discuss the Federal Trade Commission and the Sherman Antitrust Act. The act, passed by Congress in 1890, authorizes the federal government to enforce federal policy against the anticompetitive practices of cartels and monopolies. The free lecture will be held in the College of Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (room 180).

“I feel extremely honored to be the first speaker for the Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Series on U.S. Antitrust Policy,” Hovenkamp said. “The University of Florida College of Law, together with UF’s economics department, has one of the strongest antitrust faculties in the United States, and this lecture series will only enhance that reputation.”

The lecture series was made possible by a gift from Inez Heath, Ph.D., widow of Bayard “Wick” Heath, to honor his professional accomplishments as a lifetime antitrust litigator. Before his death in 2008, Heath was the senior competition consultant with Gainesville, Fla.-based Info Tech, a firm specializing in statistical and econometric consulting, expert witness testimony and antitrust law. Prior to joining Info Tech, Heath spent 14 years as a prosecuting attorney, including 11 years devoted to the investigation of bid-rigging conspiracies. Heath also served as the assistant attorney general for the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Antitrust Section, and worked as an assistant attorney general for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office. Heath earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Washington & Jefferson College and his juris doctorate from Suffolk University.

Inez Heath said she hopes the lecture series will inspire law students to learn more about antitrust law.

“These lectures will ensure that UF law students have access to the best and brightest minds in antitrust law,” Heath said. “It is a fitting tribute to Wick to have his name associated with other scholars who have devoted their careers to antitrust law. I’m looking forward to hearing Professor Hovenkamp give the first Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture on U.S. Antitrust Policy.”

William Page, UF College of Law senior associate dean and the Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in Electronic Communications and Administrative Law, said those interested in antitrust law will not be disappointed in Hovenkamp’s lecture.

“Herb Hovenkamp is one of the most influential and creative antitrust scholars of the present century,” Page said. “We’re fortunate he has agreed to be our inaugural Heath lecturer. His analysis of the relationship between the Federal Trade Commission and the Sherman Act should be interesting to a broad legal and business audience.”

For more information on the Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Series on U.S. Antitrust Policy, contact William Page at (352) 273-0610 or




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