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Crawford, Feibelman, Samuel appointed to endowed professorships

June 07, 2011

Three members of the Tulane University Law School faculty have been appointed to distinguished endowed professorships:

Colin Crawford, Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development, now holds the Robert C. Cudd Professorship in Environmental Law; Adam Feibelman now holds the Sumter Davis Marks Professorship in Business and Corporate Law; and W.R. Irby Chair in Law Cynthia Ann Samuel now holds the John E. Koerner Endowed Professorship, as well.

Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer shared the news Thursday (June 2), congratulating Professors Crawford, Feibelman, and Samuel on the "very well-deserved recognition of their scholarly achievement."

Investiture in an endowed professorship is one of the highest honors an academic institution can bestow and marks the attainment of high distinction as a scholar.  Endowed professorships provide essential resources to support future research and professional leadership, raising the national profile of both the scholar and the institution.  These named professorships thus serve as a reminder of the important role that private support plays in enriching the intellectual life and impact of the Law School.

Two of the three newly named endowed professors, Colin Crawford and Adam Feibelman, joined the Tulane faculty laterally only last year, while the third appointment recognizes one of the faculty’s longest-serving members:

In addition to his duties as Director of the Payson Center, Colin Crawford is a highly regarded scholar in the field of international environmental law and development. Among other indicators of his stature in the field, he recently was awarded a three-year grant from Higher Education for Development/US Agency for International Development to direct an environmental law capacity-building project in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Even with his substantial administrative responsibilities, Professor Crawford remains an ambitious and entrepreneurial scholar. He recently returned from participating in an international academic conference in Santo Domingo, which he had taken the lead in organizing, and is contributing an invited paper to a symposium this month at Harvard Law School.

The Robert C. Cudd Professorship in Environmental Law was established in 1998 to honor a distinguished alumnus with an extraordinary record of service and support to Tulane University. Robert C. Cudd, III, is a 1958 graduate of Tulane College and a 1960 graduate of the Law School. Mr. Cudd has served Tulane University in multiple capacities, including on the President’s Council and as Chair of the development/finance committee of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council. In 1998, Mr. Cudd generously endowed the Robert C. Cudd, III, Scholarship to enable the Law School to recruit exceptionally talented Louisiana students.

FeilbelmanAdam Feibelman
is a nationally recognized scholar in several fields relating to commercial law, including bankruptcy, consumer protection, and the role of debt in international development. He published three articles in 2010 alone, in the North Carolina Law Review, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and the peer-reviewed Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. In addition, Professor Feibelman has four articles currently in progress and has presented his work during the past academic year at workshops and symposia at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Florida Law School, Cardozo Law School, American University School of Law, and the University of Minnesota Law School, among other venues.

The Sumter Davis Marks Professorship was established in 1998 to honor a distinguished alumnus in the Class of 1916 who rose to the highest ranks of the legal profession in Louisiana. Sumter Davis Marks earned his B.A. from Tulane College in 1914 and his law degree two years later. A named partner in the New Orleans law firm of Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie & Sims, Mr. Marks served as president of both the New Orleans and Louisiana Bar Associations. He also served the Law School for many years as an Adjunct Professor.


Finally, Cynthia Samuel (L'72) is a distinguished scholar in civil law relating to family law, trusts and estates, and property. She plays a prominent role in law reform in Louisiana through the leadership Council of the Louisiana Law Institute and currently serves as the Reporter for the Institute's Committee on Trusts. In this role, Professor Samuel has primary drafting and leadership responsibility for the Institute's commentary and law revision work relating to state law in the field. A member of the American Law Institute and an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Samuel has served her alma mater since 1975—as a faculty member and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The John E. Koerner Endowed Professorship was established in 2004 by fellow alumni and colleagues to honor outstanding business and civic leader John E. Koerner, III, a 1969 graduate of the Law School. Mr. Koerner holds three degrees from Tulane, earning his B.S. in 1965, his J.D. in 1969, and his M.B.A. in 1970. Formerly the longtime president of Barq’s, Mr. Koerner has served since 1995 as the managing member of Koerner Capital, LLC. He has served Tulane University and the Law School in a number of vital capacities, including as Chair of the University’s Board of Administrators, and continues to serve as a member of the Law School Dean’s Advisory Board.

A law school's reputation is determined in large part by the quality of its faculty. Professorships enable the law school to attract the most talented and productive faculty members and to retain them. To learn more about establishing a Professorship at Tulane Law School or to discover additional ways to show your support,  click here .


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