We are delighted to announce that the first plenary lecture of the 31st Irish Conference of Medievalists will be delivered by Professor Robin Chapman Stacey (University of Washington) on the topic of “Thinking Proverbially about Medieval Welsh Law”. Robin Chapman Stacey is the author of The Road to Judgement: From Custom to Court in Medieval Ireland and Wales (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) and Dark Speech: The Performance of Law in Early Ireland (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), and she is a leading authority on medieval law and its relationship with language and literature. We are delighted to be welcoming her to Maynooth for the 31st ICM.