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Tulane Law Connection October 2016: Dean Meyer's Memo

October 21, 2016


Dean David Meyer

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

The heart of any great law school is its faculty. They drive discovery through their research and shape the careers of the students they teach and mentor. This fall, we will celebrate the excellence of five Tulane teacher-scholars through their appointment to endowed professorships. Appointment to a named faculty position is a significant honor in the academy, recognizing high distinction in scholarship and teaching.

The five faculty honored this fall — Amy Gajda, Ann Lipton, Saru Matambanadzo, Pam Metzger and Sally Richardson — have distinguished themselves through ambitious research addressing some of society’s knottiest problems: the balance between privacy and press rights; corporate responsibility and the rights of shareholders; sex discrimination and the construction of legal personhood; systemic failures in criminal defense for the indigent; and the role of property law in facilitating, or impeding, communal efforts to solve urban blight.

In their formal investitures this fall, we will celebrate the impact and contributions of these high-achieving faculty, and we will simultaneously recognize the important role played by alumni and others in supporting their excellence. Each of the endowed professorships was created through generous gifts and provides ongoing financial support for the work of the faculty who are honored to carry their name.  Two of the professorships — the Charles E. Lugenbuhl Professorship and the Michael Fleishman Professorship in Corporate Law & Entrepreneurship — were endowed only recently and will be inaugurated through these appointments.

This edition of the Tulane Law Connection also features the inspiring support provided by the Coleman Family — brothers James, Peter and Thomas — in honor of their father, James J. Coleman Sr. (A&S ’35, L ’37). In addition to doubling their support of the James J. Coleman Visiting Professorship, which brings distinguished international scholars to Tulane Law School each year, the Colemans recently revived a family tradition started by their father to host a welcoming reception for arriving international students each fall.

The generous support of these dedicated Tulane alumni and friends is the lifeblood of Tulane’s continuing faculty excellence and leadership around the world. If you are in New Orleans, I hope you’ll join us at one or more of the investitures scheduled for November and December. We clearly have much to celebrate!


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