Invitation to Apply to Lecture for State and Federal Judges In Law & Economics Center 50th Anniversary Competition



The Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is turning 50! The LEC was founded by Henry G. Manne at the University of Miami in 1974. The LEC moved to Emory University in 1980, and then to George Mason in 1986 when Henry Manne became dean.

The headline event of the LEC’s 50th Anniversary is the “Manne Madness” Tournament – a competitive program that will identify and reward outstanding lecturers in the field of law and economics. Federal and state judges will serve as the officials – striped shirts are not required.

The Champion of “Manne Madness” will receive a $50,000 Championship Prize. We invite professors of law, economics, and law & economics to apply to compete in the “Manne Madness” Tournament. The procedures for applying to lecture in this competition are outlined at the end of this brief. FULL APPLICATION DETAILS ARE HERE:

The “Manne Madness” Tournament will consist of a series of four regional double-elimination tournaments (with eight contestants in each regional).
In “Manne Madness,” thirty-two professors – selected from this APPLICATION PROCESS: – will compete in regional double-elimination tournaments with eight lecturers per regional tournament. Competitions will be held in the mornings all days, and into the afternoon (ending at 2:30 pm) just one day. This format allows competitors to enjoy the tournament venue or prepare for upcoming lectures.

“ELITE EIGHT” – the top two lecturers from each regional will advance to the “Manne Madness” National Championship.
Federal and state judges who have attended prior LEC Judicial Education Programs will evaluate the contestants. The goal is to have professors use economic concepts to analyze interesting legal and public policy issues in a manner that provides lasting impact on judges. Judges will be asked to rate the professors on the preceding goal – with an appreciation of each professor’s style, substance, entertaining manner, ability to create a memorable learning experience, and humor in achieving that goal.
Four “Manne Madness” Regional Tournaments will be held between August 2024 and November 2024, with the finals in December in Miami, the birthplace of the LEC:

Chicago Regional Tournament, Sunday, August 4, 2024 to Friday, August 9, 2024 at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
Las Vegas Regional Tournament, Sunday, September 15, 2024 to Friday, September 20, 2024 at The Four Seasons in Las Vegas, Nevada
San Diego Regional Tournament, Sunday, October 20, 2024 to Friday, October 25, 2024 at Hotel Republic in San Diego, California
Nashville Regional Tournament, Sunday, November 10, 2024 to Friday, November 15, 2024 at Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee
“Manne Madness” Championship Tournament on Sunday, December 8, 2024 — Friday, December 13, 2024 at Eden Roc in Miami Beach. More than 150 judges will determine the fate of contestants in the final contest.


The LEC makes hotel arrangements, direct-pay for hotel rooms, and sponsors group meals for competitors.
All competitors at regional events receive $2,000 honorarium for delivering their lectures, from which the LEC expects them to cover their own travel and incidental expenses.

Competitors who advance to the Championship Round in Miami will receive the following payments instead of the $2,000 honorarium mentioned above:

First place regional champions who advance to Miami are guaranteed a $6,000 total honorarium after participating in Miami.
Second place regional contestants who advance to Miami are guaranteed a $4,000 total honorarium after participating in Miami.
Second place contestant in the Big Dance in Miami receives $10,000 prize plus either the $4,000 or $6,000 honorarium.
The “Manne Madness” Champion receives the Championship Trophy, $50,000 prize, plus either the $4,000 or $6,000 honorarium.

We encourage potential contestants to apply as soon as possible at the application here:
Full details about the application requirements are available by following that link.

The LEC will begin reviewing applications and making lecturer offers starting February 28, 2024. While we hope to fill most slots from the pool of applicants received on or before February 28, we expect some slots may remain open. Thus, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after February 28 and may extend offers based on applications received after that date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Donald Kochan, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the LEC, at