Endowed Professorship Honors Dean Katharine T. Bartlett

April 18, 2007Duke Law News

Duke Law School's Board of Visitors, alumni, and friends have established the Edgar P. & Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professorship Fund to honor Katharine T. Bartlett’s outstanding service as dean of Duke Law School, as well as her distinguished scholarship. The endowment of the chair to be granted to “a scholar of true eminence in the field of legal education” was announced during Alumni Reunion Weekend.

The new professorship is named in honor of Bartlett’s parents. On her retirement from the Duke faculty, it will become the Katharine T. Bartlett Professorship. The Fund currently stands at $3 million, with donations still being accepted.

“In academia there is no higher honor than having a chaired professorship endowed in one's name,” said Peter Kahn, chair of the Board of Visitors. “Given Kate's extraordinary accomplishments and service on behalf of this Law School, the Board of Visitors wanted to do no less. We felt that an endowed chair was the most appropriate way we as a Board could thank her for all that she has done for our law school community. In making this endowed gift to Duke Law School, it is our hope that Kate's legacy will live on forever.”

After seven-and-a-half years as dean, Bartlett will step down on June 30, 2007. Also the A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, and renowned as a scholar of gender law and theory, she will return full-time to the faculty after a year’s sabbatical.

“Being dean of this law school has been one of the privileges of my life,” Bartlett said in her remarks to the gathered alumni, family members, and friends of the Law School. “I so appreciate the love and the sacrifice that went into this gift.”

An official portrait of Bartlett was unveiled by Duke President Richard H. Brodhead, who called her an effective leader “of great intelligence, sense of justice, warmth, decency, and common sense” who created a marvelous culture of “common wealth” and shared vision encompassing all members of the Law School community. The portrait, by California artist Ginny Stanford, will hang in the Law School’s fourth floor Portrait Gallery.