February 23, 2012 — The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law today announced that Debora Threedy has been appointed the College’s inaugural Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowed Professor of Law. The appointment is one of two new Professorships at the College of Law that carry the names of beloved professors and deans who represent the College’s most outstanding virtues, according to Dean Hiram Chodosh.
“Professor Threedy is ideally qualified to serve as the inaugural Teitelbaum professor,” Chodosh said. “Her outstanding scholarship and creative works, superb teaching, combined with her demonstrated leadership service, merits recognition with a chair appointment.”
Threedy holds a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.A. in Theater from Beloit College. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 1986, she clerked for the Honorable Susan Getzendanner of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced with Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, specializing in banking and commercial litigation. Her scholarship is wide-ranging, but her primary focus is on issues of power and subordination in the context of gender, race, and class. She is a leading voice in the use of “legal archaeology” as a method for uncovering embedded structures of power in the law, and her legal archaeology case study of Alaska Packers Assoc. v. Domenico is quoted or cited in many first-year Contracts casebooks. She was the College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-06, and served as Acting Dean in 2004. In 2000, she was a recipient of the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award, the University’s highest teaching honor.
Threedy has published numerous articles in top journals and has two books currently under contract, reflecting her broad interest in scholarship and the arts. The first is a textbook on developing skills in the field of Contract law. The second is on gender studies and theater. She has written and produced several plays that have won national recognition, and is also an accomplished actor and musician.
Threedy said, “Lee Teitelbaum and I both began teaching here in the same year, although Lee was already a distinguished scholar and I was a novice law professor. Lee was always a mentor to me, as he was to so many others, and I am honored to be the first recipient of the endowed professorship in his name. His memory inspires me to do my best as a scholar, teacher, and colleague.”
Lee E. Teitelbaum was dean of the College of Law from 1990 to 1998. A family law scholar, he was widely respected and recognized in his field. Threedy will serve as the Lee E. Teitelbaum Professor for a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal.