Yale Bulletin and Calendar

November 22-December 6, 1999Volume 28, Number 14

Paul W. Kahn

Reva B. Siegel

Endowed Professorships

Kahn is first incumbent of the Winner chair

Paul W. Kahn, a scholar of constitutional law, international law, and legal and political theory, has been named the first Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities.

The Winner Professorship was established last spring to honor Robert William Winner, a Washington, D.C. businessman who was known for his humanitarianism, social activism and sense of social justice. Winner died two years ago of leukemia.

In announcing the new chair last spring, Law School Dean Anthony Kronman said, "I think of law as a humane discipline, and I am convinced that the deepest values taught in the humanities are the guiding values of law as well. A chair devoted to strengthening this connection will be a permanent and valuable addition to the intellectual and curricular life of the Yale Law School."

Kahn, who this year was also named director of the Law School's Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale and a J.D. from the Law School. He has combined legal scholarship with an exploration of cultural and philosophical issues pertaining to law. His most recent book, "The Cultural Study of Law: Reconstructing Legal Scholarship," published this year, has been hailed as the first full examination of the culture of law.

Kahn's other books are "The Reign of Law" and "Legitimacy and History: Self-Government in American Constitutional Theory," both published by Yale University Press. Another book, "Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear," is due to be released in the year 2000 by Yale Press.

After graduating from the Law School, Kahn was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. In 1982, he joined the Washington, D.C. firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, where he worked until he became an associate professor at the Law School in 1985. He was promoted to a full professorship in 1990 and was named the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law in 1993.

While working as an attorney, Kahn also served for a year as a legal assistant to the Constitutional Commission of Liberia and was for two years a member of the Nicaraguan Legal Team at the International Court of Justice. He has written numerous articles about international law, and other topics.

Kahn earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was named a University Scholar. His other honors include a Danforth Fellowship and Yale's Cooper Prize.

Siegel appointed as Katzenbach Professor

Reva B. Siegel, a noted authority on antidiscrimination law who has also written on the subjects of domestic violence and marital status law, has been appointed the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law.

Siegel teaches courses on contracts, constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, legal history, and feminist and critical race theory at the Law School, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. Before coming to Yale, she taught for six years at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

In her scholarly work, Siegel often employs the methods of legal history to explore contemporary questions of civil rights law. Her journal articles have examined such subjects as the modernization of gender and racial status law in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her essays on the law of affirmative action and other features of race discrimination doctrine have been published in a number of scholarly publications, including "Redefining Equality" and "Mothers in Law: Feminist Theory and the Legal Regulation of Motherhood."

Siegel is working on two books. One is tentatively titled "Housework: A Legal History" and examines marital status law. She is also coeditor, with Catherine MacKinnon, of a collection of essays arising out of a conference on sexual harassment law held this past year at the Law School.

Siegel earned three degrees from Yale: a B.A. in 1978, M.Phil. in American studies in 1982 and a J.D. in 1986. She graduated first in her class in humanities at Yale College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At the Law School, she won the Israel H. Peres Prize for a student publication for an article in the Yale Law Journal, where she served as editor.

After graduating from the Law School, Siegel was an Olin Fellow at the Center for Studies in Law, Economics and Public Policy at Yale and then was a law clerk for a year to Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She was a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University in 1987-88 and was a fellow of the Townsend Center for the Humanities in 1990-91.

From 1993 to 1994, Siegel was a visiting professor at the Yale Law School. She was a fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center from 1996 to 1998. Last year, she was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Siegel has been a member of the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism since 1994.


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