July 27, 2016
Saru Matambanadzo, Tulane’s new Moise S. Steeg Jr. Professor, led a session at an international conference of comparative law scholars hosted by Tulane Law.
Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer
Tulane Law School has appointed Saru Matambanadzo, a nationally known authority on gender equality and workplace equity, as the newest holder of the Moise S. Steeg Jr. Professorship.
Since joining Tulane’s faculty in 2010, Matambanadzo has published articles exploring the theory of legal personhood as applied to individuals and to collective entities such as labor unions and corporations.
Her interdisciplinary work also has explored gender gaps in corporate executive positions and the legal treatment of pregnancy and childbirth, including laws governing discrimination accommodation and public support for child-rearing.
She is author of the newest edition of West’s Sex Discrimination in a Nutshell, to be published later in 2016. And her article examining the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act is scheduled for publication in the SMU Law Review.
She has presented her scholarship at universities across the United States, including at Emory, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest law schools and has taught at UCLA, California State University, Davis, and the University of Oregon.
As Tulane Law’s inaugural Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, Matambanadzo organized and hosted a major academic conference on law and inequality in 2014, drawing 25 of the leading U.S. legal scholars on the subject to campus. She also has risen to leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools, ClassCrits and LatCrits.
“Saru Matambanadzo’s appointment as the Moise S. Steeg Jr. Professor celebrates an accomplished and creative scholar and honors the legacy of a man who dedicated much of his career to bettering his community and advancing the cause of equal opportunity,” Dean David Meyer said.
Moise S. Steeg Jr. was a member of Tulane Law’s illustrious Class of 1937 who, with several classmates, founded the People’s League and spearheaded a successful effort to reform and open up Louisiana politics in the late 1930s and early 1940s. After service as a lawyer with the Army Air Corps during World War II, he practiced real estate law in New Orleans for more than 70 years, founding the Steeg Law Firm in 1974. He was an energetic civic leader and prolific philanthropist. Among many other accomplishments, he co-founded the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and helped create the Historic District Landmarks Commission.
“I am honored and humbled to be appointed the Moise S. Steeg Jr. Professor,” Matambanadzo said. “Mr. Steeg had an interest in cutting-edge ways to solve legal problems, like mediation and arbitration, and I hope to honor and build on his work by exploring and offering legal solutions that emerge from interdisciplinary perspectives.”