Newly Appointed Endowed Chair and Research Professorships Announced

Four faculty members have been appointed this fall to endowed academic positions, a recognition of high academic achievement in their respective fields, GW Law Dean Paul Schiff Berman announced today.

"Named professorships recognize extraordinary excellence. The faculty chosen for such honors are among our most accomplished scholars, most effective teachers, and most important thought leaders," said Dean Berman.  "The exemplary work of Naomi, Jonathan, Orin, and Scott inspires their students and peers alike, and helps ensure the strength of our school.  I am also especially grateful to our generous donors for their gifts that will advance GW Law by supporting these amazing professors."

Dean Berman announced the following four appointments to endowed chairs and research professorships:

Naomi R. Cahn has been named the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law. Previously the John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law, Professor Cahn has written numerous law review articles on family law, feminist jurisprudence, and reproductive technology.  She is the author of several books, including The New Kinship (forthcoming 2012) and Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation (2009).  The Greene Professorship was endowed in honor of alumnus Judge Harold H. Greene, J.D. '52, who presided over the landmark 1982 AT&T antitrust case and was created to be assigned to individuals who embody the same personal characteristics for which Judge Greene was renowned: integrity, compassion, and commitment to the dignity of individuals and the rule of law.  The chair was established by an endowment gift of $1.5 million from entrepreneurs David and Maria Wiegand of Orange County, California and was previously held by Professor and former Dean Jerome A. Barron since its creation in 2000.

Jonathan R. Siegel has been named the Elwood P. Davis Research Professor of Law. Professor Siegel’s research and teaching interests include civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, administrative law, and intellectual property.  Professor Siegel joined the Law School in 1995, following four years as a member of the Appellate Staff, Civil Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice.  At Justice, he briefed and argued appellate cases on behalf of the president and numerous other government officials and agencies. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the District of Columbia Circuit.  The F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professorship was established through an endowment from the Davis family.  A native of Washington, DC, Davis earned undergraduate and law degrees at GW before becoming an ensign in the U.S. Navy.  After the war, Davis worked in the Trust Department of Riggs National Bank and later co-founded the law firm of Reasoner, Davis & Vinson. Davis served as general counsel to the George Washington University and worked extensively on the issue of Home Rule for Washington, DC.  Elwood P. Davis, J.D. '43, passed away this year at the age of 96.

Orin Kerr and F. Scott Kieff have been named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professors of Law.

Orin Kerr is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of criminal procedure and computer crime law.  His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and many other top journals, often multiple times.  Professor Kerr’s scholarship has been cited in over 70 judicial opinions, including decisions by the United States Supreme Court and all of the regional U.S. Courts of Appeals.  In a recent study, he ranked seventh among criminal law and procedure scholars in the United States for citations in academic journals.

F. Scott Kieff became a Professor at the Law School in 2009 and also serves as the Ray and Louis Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  There he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studies the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy, and also serves on Hoover’s Property Rights Task Force.  Professor Kieff is a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; and previously has been a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, as well as a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.  Professor Kieff was recently nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Fred C. Stevenson, B.A. '34, J.D. '37, passed away in 2004 at the age of 93 and left the entire contents of his estate to GW Law, designating in his will that his estate be used to establish a faculty research fund at the Law School and ensuring a lasting legacy for future generations.  “He wanted to see future GW students benefit as much as he did from the University,” said Richard A. Lash, LLM ’91, the executor of Stevenson’s estate. A shareholder at Buonassi, Henning & Lash in Arlington, Va., Lash is the grandson of Stevenson’s lifelong best friend, Katherine Bour Devonald, who attended GW.  “I saw him often when I was growing up, and he always said how much he loved GW and valued his GW education,” Lash says.


Spotlight Item: Pictured clockwise are Professors Naomi Cahn, Orin Kerr, F. Scott Kieff, and Jonathan Siegel.

Pictured clockwise are Professors Naomi Cahn, Orin Kerr, F. Scott Kieff, and Jonathan Siegel.

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