Five Faculty Members Honored with Named Professorships
March 20, 2023
On March 7, the Georgetown Law community celebrated the achievements of five faculty members who have been awarded named professorships and chairs.
“For an academic, to receive a chair is the ultimate distinction,” said Dean William M. Treanor, host of the ceremony – and the Law Center’s Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair.
Georgetown Law’s newest named professors and chairs are:
Hope Babcock, Reynolds Family Endowed Service Professor
“For her decades-long work shaping environmental law policy; the countless students she has educated through the Institute for Public Representation; and her leadership and dedication to the Georgetown Law community during her 32 years as a member of our faculty, I am honored to name Hope Babcock the Reynolds Family Endowed Service Professor,” Treanor said.
This professorship was created by Hope C. Reynolds, B’75, P’03 and Thomas A. Reynolds III, B’74, P’03. Following Mr. Reynolds’ graduation from the McDonough School of Business, he served as Illinois’ assistant attorney general and as Cook County’s assistant public defender. Mr. Reynolds is currently chair of Georgetown University’s Board of Directors.
Dorothy Brown, L’83, Martin D. Ginsburg Chair in Taxation
“For her groundbreaking work bringing Critical Race Theory to federal income taxation and fundamentally changing the way scholars, experts,- and government officials understand and interpret our tax code; for being a fearless pioneer in her field as well as in legal academia; and for fully embodying her alma mater’s motto, “Law is but the means, Justice is the end,” I am honored to name Dorothy Brown the Martin D. Ginsburg Chair in Taxation,” Treanor said.
This chair is named for Martin D. Ginsburg, the husband of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mr. Ginsburg was a leading tax lawyer and beloved professor at Georgetown Law. When Mr. Ginsburg declined payment for successfully representing Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems, Perot endowed this chair in Mr. Ginsburg’s honor. The chair was endowed in 1986, but Brown is the first to hold it.
Anna Gelpern, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and International Finance
“For her important work examining international finance and its governance; her cutting-edge research and capacity building through her work with the Sovereign Debt Forum; and for being a supportive and engaged colleague and tirelessly devoted teacher, I am pleased to name Anna Gelpern the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and International Finance,” Treanor said.
Scott K. Ginsburg, L’78, owner of Boardwalk Auto Group in Dallas, is one of the Law Center’s most generous living donors. In addition to sponsoring multiple professorships, his gifts have also supported campus improvements such as the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center.
Robin Lenhardt, L’04, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Race, Law and Justice
“For her transformative work addressing questions of race, family and structural barriers; her lifelong commitment to addressing inequality and discrimination through her scholarship, her legal practice, and her public service; and her deep interdisciplinary work with Georgetown’s Racial Justice Institute as well as her leadership as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Law Center, I am pleased to name Robin Lenhardt the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Race, Law and Justice,” Treanor said.
Eloise Pasachoff, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law
“For her award-winning scholarship examining administrative law, public administration and the way our government spends money; her steadfast commitment to and active leadership in both the Georgetown Law community and the legal academy; and her unparalleled dedication to our students through her role as a teacher, mentor, clerkship advisor and Associate Dean for Careers, I am pleased to name Eloise Pasachoff the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law,” Treanor said.
The Agnes Neill Williams Sesquicentennial Professorships were established through a historic bequest from the estate of Agnes N. Williams, L’54, one of Georgetown Law’s first women graduates and a lifelong supporter of the Law Center and the University. There will eventually be a total of 20 Agnes Neill Williams Sesquicentennial Professorships on the Georgetown Law faculty.