Associate Professor of Law, The University of Hong Kong
To me, Bill Alford’s legacy epitomizes the often invisible but decidedly crucial generosities that sustain academic life. Whether as a teacher, mentor or colleague, Bill has devoted great energy to building spaces of community and forums of engagement for students and scholars who often find themselves far from home while in Cambridge. The generational impact of such contribution is now evident across the world in networks suffused not only with ideas and intellect but also compassion and humanity. In a field that often privileges judgments of individual achievement and brilliance, Bill has demonstrated how an original and pioneering scholar can make their mark while also nurturing those around them. As someone who benefited greatly from his generosity, I clearly see this example as one I continually strive to live up to in my own career.