Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar Award
Grace and Gordon Gamm
Retired trial lawyer Gordon Gamm (L ’70) and his wife, Grace, established the Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar award in 2014, providing early-career Tulane Law professors with resources to expand their research and engagement with other scholars and the broader public.
Inaugural Gamm Scholar Saru Matambanadzo, whose research explores interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and combatting discrimination, brought leading scholars from across the United States to Tulane to discuss lingering roadblocks to equality and innovative methods for addressing them.
Gamm Scholar Sally Brown Richardson (2015-16) is a cutting-edge property law specialist who helped bring more than 100 young scholars to Tulane Law for the 2016 annual conference of the American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativists Committee.
Gamm, who comes from a family of Tulane lawyers, practiced in Kansas City, Mo., and Boulder, Colo. He developed a unique legal perspective through his study of comparative law at Tulane and has represented all of the world humanist organizations, including at the U.S. Supreme Court. Gamm established the Bragg Symposium on Humanism in Kansas City and the Boulder International Humanist Institute.
Sher Garner Fund for the Advancement of Commercial Law
James Garner and Lee Sher
Lee Sher (L ’89) and Jim Garner (L ’76), devoted Tulanians and founders of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, endowed the Sher Garner Fund for the Advancement of Commercial Law in 2015 to support Tulane Law’s expanding emphasis on business law. The fund underwrites lectures, roundtables and other activities devoted to the study of commercial, business and finance law.
The inaugural Sher Garner event was the keynote address on commercial law at the Tulane Law Review’s November 2015 symposium on “The Promise and Perils of Convergence in Financial Regulation and Consumer Protection.” The keynote speaker was Christopher Lewis Peterson, the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law and a special adviser to the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Sher, a premier transactions lawyer, and Garner, a renowned litigator specializing in trial work and appellate argument, started their firm in 1999. Both, along with other colleagues, have volunteered as Tulane Law adjunct professors, and the firm established the Sher Garner scholarship in 2012.
Paul R. Verkuil Faculty Research Fund
Former Dean Paul Verkuil, his wife, Judith Rodin, and Tulane Law Dean David Meyer
Former Tulane Law Dean Paul Verkuil and his wife, Judith Rodin, endowed the Paul R. Verkuil Faculty Research Fund in 2014 to provide research funding for “high-performing faculty members who present especially promising projects” and to send a resounding signal about the emphasis Tulane places on legal scholarship.
As dean in 1978-85, Verkuil aggressively bolstered Tulane Law’s reputation by emphasizing its strengths in comparative and civil law, supporting its graduates on the national stage and recruiting renowned faculty, such as Professor Emeritus A.N. Yiannopoulos, a legendary scholar who has revised many parts of the Louisiana Civil Code.
Verkuil, a 2014 inductee into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame, has served as president of the College of William & Mary, dean of Cardozo Law School and chair of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency dedicated to improving government performance. Rodin, a former University of Pennsylvania president, heads the Rockefeller Foundation, which, along with the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, contributed to the Verkuil fund.