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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Fucito 

September 18, 2002

(202) 994-0616
Matthew Nehmer
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GW LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR IRA C. LUPU PRESENTED WITH NEWLY-ESTABLISHED F. ELWOOD AND ELEANOR DAVIS PROFESSORSHIP

WASHINGTON � The George Washington University Law School has established the F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professorship in honor of F. Elwood Davis, J.D. �43, honorary member of the University�s Board of Trustees and GW Presidential Medal recipient. The professorship was presented to GW Law School faculty member Ira C. Lupu.

�Elwood has been a pillar of the legal community in Washington for more than 50 years,� said Law School Dean Michael K. Young. �His support of both the University and Law School is unparalleled and we are deeply honored that he has chosen to endow a professorship here at the Law School.�

Ira C. Lupu, the inaugural occupant of the Davis Chair, is a nationally recognized scholar in constitutional law, with a special focus on the religion clauses of the First Amendment.  After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was case editor of the Harvard Law Review, Lupu practiced law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow before joining the law faculty at Boston University, where he taught from 1973 to1989. In 1989-90, he was professor-in-residence on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He joined the GW faculty in 1990.  Lupu is currently co-director, with GW colleague Robert Tuttle, of the Project on Law and Religious Institutions and of the Legal Tracking Project of the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare, which studies government partnerships with faith-based organizations in the delivery of social services. 

�I am truly honored to be the first occupant of the F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professorship,� said Lupu.  �From this day forward, I will aspire in all that I do as a scholar and teacher to live up to the responsibility that accompanies that honor.�  

The F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professorship was established through an endowment from the Davis family. A native of Washington, D.C., Davis earned his law degree at GW in 1943 before becoming an ensign in the U.S. Navy. After the war, Davis worked in the Trust Department of Riggs National Bank and later co-founded the law firm of Reasoner, Davis & Vinson. Davis served as general counsel to The George Washington University and has worked extensively on the issue of Home Rule for Washington, D.C.

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