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New scholars join Tulane Law faculty

July 03, 2019 10:15 AM

(Clockwise) Lauren Godshall, Daiquiri Steele, Mohammad Hamdy and Blair Bullock all join Tulane Law School's faculty this summer.


A seasoned environmental litigator, a civil rights attorney, a scholar focused on discrimination law and an expert on public international law have joined Tulane Law School as the newest members of its faculty.

One joins the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, two are Fellows and one is a Visiting professor who will have an affiliation with Tulane University’s Murphy Institute. Joining the law school are:

  • Lauren Godshall, Clinical Instructor, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic: Godshall brings 16 years of experience as an environmental litigator, including on both the defense and plaintiff sides of complex class action and mass tort cases.  A graduate of University of California at Berkeley and New York University Law School, she has practiced law in Los Angeles and New Orleans, including as an associate at Stone Pigman and a partner at Curry & Friend and with Morris Bart, LLC.
  • Daiquiri Steele, Forrester Fellow:  Steele joins Tulane from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was Director of Diversity & Inclusion and a Professor-in-Residence teaching employment discrimination, legislation, and education law courses.  She brings impressive national leadership experience on diversity and inclusion issues with the American Bar Association and substantial practice experience, including eight years as a Civil Rights Attorney and Equal Employment Opportunity investigator with the U.S. Department of Education.  She earned her BA summa cum laude from Spelman College, her JD from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University, and her PhD in Business Administration from Hampton University.
  • Blair Bullock, Murphy Visiting Assistant Professor:  Bullock earned a joint JD and PhD in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University, clerked for Judge Stephen Higginson on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and has been practicing law since 2016 with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Ala.  Her research focuses on economic and empirical analysis of discrimination law.  In her two-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Bullock will have teaching responsibilities in the Law School and a research affiliation with Tulane’s Murphy Institute.
  • Mohammad Hamdy, Yongxiong Fellow:  Hamdy comes from Harvard Law School, where he recently completed his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and a teaching fellowship.  While an SJD student, Mohammad won both the John Gallup Laylin Prize for the best paper in the field of public international law and the Addison Brown Prize for the best paper in private international law.  He previously earned his LLM at Harvard and degrees in law and economics from the Universities of Cairo and Alexandria.  The Yongxiong Fellowship was newly created through an innovative new academic partnership between Tulane Law School, Xiangtan University’s School of Credit Risk Management and the Hunan Yongxiong Asset Management Group Co., Ltd.  In addition to other teaching and research responsibilities, Hamdy will serve as a faculty resource to Xiangtan students enrolled in Tulane’s LLM program beginning this academic year.

The new faculty continues Tulane Law’s significant investment in the strength of its faculty, adding impressive experience, expertise, and scholarly impact to its ranks. They join recent tenure-track faculty hires Associate Professor of Law Jeremy Bock, who specializes in intellectual property, technology and regulation; Prof. Kristin Johnson, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and a leading scholar of financial risk management and corporate law; and Prof. Khrista McCarden, an expert in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing, as well as tax law and policy. “Shama Farooq (L ’04), an instructor in the Domestic Violence Clinic, and Greg Brazeal, a Forrester Fellow, also joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome four outstanding new colleagues to the Tulane Law faculty,” said Dean David Meyer.  “They bring an exciting range and depth of experience and ambitious research agendas to our scholarly community.”