Professor Louise Halper Named Director of Lewis Law Center

Lexington, VA • Friday, June 22, 2007

Professor Louise Halper
Louise A. Halper, Professor of Law and Law Alumni Association Fellow in Teaching Excellence at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the next director of the Frances Lewis Law Center.

Halper, who earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School and an LL.M. from New York University, joined the School of Law as an assistant professor in 1991 and was named full professor in 1999. In 1996, she was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at NYU; in 1997, she won a Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey. Subsequently, in 2002, she visited Iran where she did research on law and gender. More recently, she was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School during the 2004-05 academic year.

Halper teaches Property, Environmental Law, and Gender, Law and Culture, among other courses. Her current area of research is on law and gender in the Middle East, in particular, Turkey and Iran. In March 2007, Halper directed the Lewis Law center's annual symposium, which focused on gender-relevant legislative change in Muslim and non-Muslim countries. The panelists covered a number of topics, including the legacy of colonial law on women's rights in India, family law reforms in Iran and Morocco, Islamic polygamy and the his¬tory of rape legislation in European and Muslim countries. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School.

Of her appointment to the Law Center Halper said, "I'm hoping to continue the Law Center's tradition of supporting excellent faculty scholarship at W&L, as well bringing leading scholars, activists, judges and practitioners to the law school."

Established in 1978 with a generous gift from Frances and Sydney Lewis, the Law Center's mandate is to support faculty research and scholarship that advances legal reform. The Law Center fulfills this mission by sponsoring scholars-in-residence, supporting the scholarly research of the law school's faculty, and organizing legal symposia and fora that feature national and internationally renowned scholars.

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