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Epstein Named Beatrice Kuhn Professor

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March 14, 2006 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

CHICAGO, Ill. --- Lee Epstein, visiting law professor at Northwestern University

School of Law, has been named Beatrice Kuhn Professor.

Epstein is currently the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and professor of law at Washington University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She served as the Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern’s School of Law during fall 2005 and will be joining Northwestern’s faculty in the fall of 2006.

The recipient of numerous grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on judicial politics, she currently is working on the project “Strategic Defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court,” examining the circumstances leading lower courts to comply with/defy higher courts. In another upcoming project “Do We Still Need an ERA?” she is analyzing constitutional sex discrimination litigation in the 50 states to make an inference about the need for a federal Equal Rights Amendment. In a project titled “Importing Law” she also is considering how courts here and abroad make use of foreign legal material.

She has authored, co-authored or edited more than 70 articles and essays as well as 13 books. She has won two book awards from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, the Teaching and Mentoring Award for “Constitutional Law for a Changing America” series and a Special Recognition Honor for “The Supreme Court Compendium.”

And she is working with the papers of Justice Harry Blackmun for a book on agenda setting in the U.S. Supreme Court.

She teaches courses on constitutional courts, constitutional law, defendants’ rights, law and social change, research design and methods and the Supreme Court.

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