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Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Establishes Professorship to Honor
the Distinguished Career
of Legendary Faculty Member George Anastaplo
Inaugural professorship will support research and scholarship
in Constitutional Law

CHICAGO, October 24, 2019—Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has named nationally renowned legal scholar Barry Sullivan, JD, as its inaugural George Anastaplo Professor of Constitutional Law and History. The professorship was established to honor the distinguished career of the late George Anastaplo, a prolific legal scholar who joined Loyola University Chicago’s full-time law faculty in 1981 and taught until his death in 2014.

George Anastaplo gave up a promising legal career by defending his First Amendment rights before the McCarthy-era Illinois Bar and eventually the United States Supreme Court. In addition to teaching at Loyola, he served as a member of the part-time faculty at the University of Chicago, where he was the guiding spirit of the Great Books program for more than 60 years.

“This prestigious professorship will honor Professor Anastaplo’s extraordinary legacy,” said Michael J. Kaufman, JD, dean of the School of Law. “He was a remarkable teacher, colleague, and scholar who will be remembered for generations to come.” 

Barry Sullivan, a renowned litigator, scholar, teacher, and university administrator, is also Loyola’s first Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy. He joined Loyola’s full-time law faculty in 2009 after serving as co-chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice at Jenner & Block. Sullivan began his career as a law clerk to the legendary Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and later served as an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General. Sullivan also was vice-president and dean of the law school at Washington and Lee University. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University, a Fulbright professor at Warsaw University, a visiting fellow of London University, a Fulbright Canada Chair at the University of Alberta, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. He was the inaugural Arthur Cox Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin and regularly teaches as a visiting professor at the University of Bayreuth. Sullivan has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court and in state and federal courts throughout the country, and his scholarly publications have appeared in leading journals in the U.S. and abroad. Among many public service activities, he was the founding chair of the American Bar Association’s AIDS Coordinating Committee.

“I am honored and inspired to serve as the inaugural George Anastaplo Professor of Constitutional Law and History,” said Sullivan. “George was a friend for more than 40 years and a respected colleague from the time I joined the Loyola faculty. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of this outstanding scholar of constitutional law, history, and philosophy—who constantly reminded us, in the spirit of the classics that he knew so well—that law and government must ultimately stand for justice. I look forward to furthering his lifelong commitment as Constitutional law scholar and advocate for justice in my teaching and scholarship here at Loyola.”

Sullivan will assume the title of George Anastaplo Professor of Constitutional Law and History effective immediately.



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