On Tuesday, November 14, 2006, Henry Manne, Dean Emeritus, George Mason University School of Law, gave a well attended kick-off talk for the new Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, “What Every Lawyer Should Know about the Intellectual History of Law and Economics.” With a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago , Manne pioneered the development of a working relationship between law and economics with his summer Economics Institute for Law Professors. Manne was a visionary who believed that law needed to maintain a connection to other disciplines, and that economics was the most “powerful and applicable cross-disciplinary tool to use in collaboration with law.” The impact of his work continues to influence scholars today and illuminates the importance of the distinctive contributions we expect our graduates will make to the expanding field of law and economics.