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Four Tulane faculty members appointed to chairs

October 02, 2014

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Professors Adeno Addis and Stephen M. Griffin, authorities on constitutional law, have been named to W.R. Irby Chairs.

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Professor Glynn S. Lunney Jr., who specializes in intellectual property law, has been appointed to the Joseph Merrick Jones Chair.

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Professor Guiguo Wang, a world-renowned scholar on international economic law, now holds the Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law.

Tulane Law School has named four professors to faculty chairs, recognizing their outstanding creative achievement and professional leadership.

Professors Adeno Addis and Stephen M. Griffin, both authorities on constitutional law, have been appointed to W.R. Irby Chairs; Professor Glynn S. Lunney Jr., who specializes in intellectual property law, will hold the Joseph Merrick Jones Chair; and Professor Guiguo Wang, a world-renowned scholar on international economic law, has joined the Tulane faculty as Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law.

The appointments underscore the breadth and depth of Tulane Law faculty scholarship.

Adeno Addis, the W. Ray Forrester Professor of Public and Constitutional Law since 2001, focuses primarily on constitutional law and international human rights. His work has explored concepts such as the role of language rights in defining communities, as well as constitutional protections for those displaced by civil unrest in their homelands. Internationally recognized as an incisive scholar, Addis has taught as a visiting professor at Cornell, Duke and Melbourne University law schools and delivered named or public lectures at Chuo University, University of Hong Kong, the University of Texas and other leading universities. He received his undergraduate education at Macquarie University in Australia, has graduate degrees from Yale Law School and has been published in law reviews ranging from Boston University and Vanderbilt to the Netherlands, France and Asia. 

Stephen M. Griffin, the Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law since 1997, is a leading scholar in constitutional theory, weaving history, legal theory and political science together to examine issues such as separation of powers, particularly presidential war powers. Students have chosen him as an outstanding teacher, and he has served in multiple administrative roles, including interim dean. His most recent book Long Wars and the Constitution, published in 2013 by Harvard University Press, has been roundly praised for its analysis of presidential authority to take the nation to war. His work has appeared in major legal journals as well as popular blogs, including the Huffington Post and the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Daily.

Glynn S. Lunney Jr., the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law, combines training in law, engineering and economics to develop sophisticated frameworks for advancing innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. Lunney, who worked as a petroleum engineer before law school, joined the Tulane Law faculty in 1991 and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Tulane while teaching law classes. He specializes in patent, copyright and trademark law, unfair competition and contracts. He co-founded the Tulane Center for Intellectual Property, Media and Culture and in 2014 testified before a U.S. House subcommittee working on a proposed overhaul of copyright law.

Guiguo Wang, former law dean at the City University of Hong Kong, brings extensive expertise in the Chinese legal system at a time of critical and growing importance. At City University, he founded an institute that provides advanced legal education for judges from mainland China, including visits to the U.S. Supreme Court. A prodigious scholar, Wang also is actively involved in organizing East-West exchanges and has brought Tulane into a partnership with Yale Law School for a conference in Hangzhou, China, in October focusing on using law to advance human dignity. He has lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law and is one of just 80 Titular Members of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

The Irby Chairs have been made possible by the estate W.R. Irby, a tobacco company executive, banker, philanthropist and Tulane benefactor who led restoration and preservation in the French Quarter after a 1915 hurricane. He also served as president of Tulane’s Board of Administrators.

Joseph Merrick Jones (L ’25) founded the Canal Barge Company and the leading Southern law firm now known as Jones Walker. He also served as Board of Administrators president for more than a decade until his death in 1963. Joseph Merrick Jones Hall was named for him and served as Tulane Law School’s home from 1970 to 1995. In 2013, the law school named Jones a member of its Hall of Fame inaugural class.

The Eason-Weinmann Chair is funded by a generous gift from The Honorable John Giffen and Virginia Eason Weinmann. John Weinmann (L ’52) served as U.S. Ambassador to Finland and as White House Chief of Protocol. He also was president of Tulane’s Board of Administrators, and was a member of the law school’s Hall of Fame inaugural class.

“Appointment to an endowed chair is the highest honor a university can bestow on its faculty,” Dean David Meyer said. “We are very pleased to be able to celebrate the contributions of four colleagues whose scholarship is remaking their fields and ensuring Tulane’s leadership around the world.”


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