Among the most important innovations David introduced during his presidency of the Society was the ASIL Research Forum, which has since become the centerpiece of the Midyear Meeting held each fall. The event highlights exciting new work in the field of international law, featuring expert-led discussions of innovative papers on a broad range of current topics in international law, together with keynote programs, networking receptions, research workshops and professional development programs for students and new professionals considering careers in international law. The Forum is a wonderful opportunity for international law scholars, many of them just starting out in the field, to present draft papers and receive comments from leaders in the field.
In addition to fostering new scholarship and professional development, the Research Forum seeks to strengthen the Society's connections with scholars, practitioners, and students of international law and related disciplines in diverse regions. As a result of David's initiative, the Midyear Meeting and Research Forum have now been held in locations across America, including Miami, FL; Athens and Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO. On November 8-10, 2018, it will return to Los Angeles, the site of the first Research Forum on 2011, at which David presided.
In recent years, the Midyear Meeting has expanded to include a Practitioners' Forum, which furthers David's vision by enabling the Society to engage with all segments of the international law community.