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Property law expert Sally Richardson is first Lugenbuhl Professor

July 12, 2016

2016 Richardson Lugenbuhl Prof Sally

Professor Sally Brown Richardson (left), the new Charles E. Lugenbuhl Professor, organized and hosted a spring conference that brought more than 100 comparative law scholars from across the globe to Tulane Law.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

2016 Richardson Lugenbuhl Prof Group

Friends of the late Charles E. Lugenbuhl endowed a professorship in his name: Seated, Nathan P. Horner Jr. (L ’83, LLM ’84), Lisa Brener (LLM ’03) and S. Frazer Rankin (L ’72); standing, Rose McCabe LeBreton (L ’76), Joseph Guichet (L ’96), Dean David Meyer, Stewart F. Peck (L ’77) and Scott R. Wheaton Jr.

Photo by Shannon Woodward

Tulane Law School has appointed Sally Brown Richardson, a rising star in comparative property law, to the new Charles E. Lugenbuhl Early Career Professorship.

The professorship was endowed by friends and former partners of Charles Lugenbuhl (L ’51), a towering figure in the New Orleans admiralty bar and longtime Tulane Law adjunct faculty member, who died in 2011.

Richardson joined the Tulane faculty in 2012 and has become a student favorite and a leader in the comparative property law field. She serves on the executive boards for the Association for Law, Property and Society and the American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativist Committee. As the 2015-16 Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, she organized the Younger Comparativists’ annual conference, hosting more than 100 scholars from across the world at Tulane.

Richardson’s work has been published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Houston Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Tulane Law Review and Louisiana Law Review, and she has made presentations at the University of Illinois, Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Max Planck Institute and the University of Passau in Germany, where she was a visiting professor. 

In 2015, her scholarship was selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum.

Richardson writes frequently on the PropertyProf Blog, where she covers topics ranging from the presidential candidates’ perspectives on eminent domain to the property law and customs that govern Mardi Gras. She even explained a Roman property law word that tripped up a competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

She helped start a Federal Bar Association student chapter at Tulane and has played a leading role in expanding and energizing the civil law program. The Class of 2015 chose her to receive the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award.

“It is especially fitting that Sally Richardson, an award-winning teacher and leader in civil law scholarship, should be the inaugural holder of the professorship named for Charles Lugenbuhl, a dedicated law teacher and a titan of the Louisiana bar,” Dean David Meyer said. “We are grateful to his friends, family and colleagues for honoring his legacy with this important professorship.”

Lugenbuhl served for more than 30 years as an adjunct professor at Tulane, where he was a founding member of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, serving on the Permanent Advisory Board from 1977 and as vice chair in 1992-2005. A veteran of both the United States Navy and Army, he started his legal career Lemle Kelleher, where he became head of the maritime section and represented Harold Halter of Halter Marine, one of the world’s largest builders of offshore supply vessels. Lugenbuhl went on to found Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, which has 40 lawyers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston.


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