Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I've posted a short essay in tribute to my colleague Lyman Johnson that may be of interest to MoJ readers, especially those who have enjoyed John Inazu's recent work on pluralism. Here's an excerpt:
Lyman has been a prime mover in bringing pluralism to corporate legal theory. He embraces the pluralist label, noting its importance as to both corporate form and corporate purpose. Relying on work regarding mediating structures, Lyman notes that there is "no reason why, with respect to business corporations, there cannot be a pluralism of market-oriented entities designed to advance different purposes," recalling Robert Nisbet’s emphasis on how mediating structures grow out of "shared ‘communities of purpose.’" He insists that "the law should facilitate, not impede, the design of ever more refined firm structures." Pluralism is important to his work.
But Lyman is not just a corporate legal theory pluralist; he’s also a Christian. In his calling as a Christian law professor, it matters not just that he champions pluralism, it matters how he does so.