Editor's Page.

Author:Smith, Michael Franklin
 
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Term limits? I wholly support them across the board--politicians--local and national, boards of directors--profit and nonprofit alike, and any where else they apply. According to my brief Internet research, term limits have been around since ancient Athens when the council of 500 rotated its entire membership every year. Benjamin Franklin advocated for term limits writing, "In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors.... For the former to return among the latter does not degrade, but promote them." In other words, politicians who know they will eventually return to the general population and live under the policies they promoted are more likely to consider the long-term implications of their policies.

Out with the old, in with the new.

But now it's my turn. I simply cannot believe my two-year term as Editor and Chair of the Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal is coming to an end with this issue. It has been an amazing two years for me. I have enjoyed every article I read and considered for publication--and I wish we could have published every single one of them. I had the pleasure of learning about so many different areas of the law that I would never have encountered in my legal practice. I also got to delve deeply into subjects that have helped me in representing my clients. The best part of my experience by far, however, is all the amazing people I have met and worked with over the past two years.

My final issue as Editor is dedicated to international law in honor of the fact that the 2018 IADC Annual Meeting is being held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 7 through 12. In this issue, we present a comprehensive survey of product liability in Latin America where the recent shift to a market-friendly approach in politics has made the region attractive for business development in a reduced players' market. We also have an article examining how global businesses can comply with the European Union's recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation. Another article...

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