Doak asked me to talk about the 25 years of ITA that we have seen. To do 25 years in 15 minutes is not very easy, but let me try. ITA has had a very unusual 25 years, and most unusual were two unusual things that happened at ITA’s beginning. The first unusual thing was how ITA was born, what really started ITA. The second unusual thing was how ITA was managed after it was born. What gave birth to ITA was a budget problem. In these days of national deficits, we see budget problems everywhere, but the budget problem that gave birth to ITA was different. It was not the budget problem of not having enough money; it was the budget problem of having too much money.
In those days, the Center for American and International Law had a different name. It was called the Southwestern Legal Foundation and its functioning units, its subdivisions, were called Centers and those Centers were very successful: big membership, big attendance at meetings, big net profits, big success.