Former ambassador joins law school as Sanders Scholar; Rutledge named associate dean

Monday, August 19, 2013

Writer/Contact:  Heidi Murphy, 706/583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu                

Athens, Ga. – Lee A. Feinstein has joined the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law as the Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar for the fall 2013 semester.  He will teach the course Intervention and Sovereignty: Contemporary Issues in International and National Security Law.

“It is exciting to provide our students with the opportunity to learn from someone like former Ambassador Lee Feinstein,” Georgia Law Dean Rebecca Hanner White said. “Exposure to leaders who have current, real world experience is invaluable as they study the law and prepare to enter the profession and make meaningful contributions to our society.”   

Feinstein comes to UGA after serving as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Poland, a position he held from September 2009 to October 2012. Feinstein has also served one secretary of defense and two secretaries of state, including as principal deputy director of the policy planning staff and senior adviser in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

A foreign policy adviser for multiple presidential candidates and a frequent lecturer and commentator domestically and internationally, Feinstein has taught at George Washington University and at the City University of New York.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, his master’s in political science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and his law degree from Georgetown University, where he graduated cum laude. He studied Russian language at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and speaks Russian and Polish.

The Sanders Political Leadership Scholar position is named for Georgia's 74th Governor and 1948 Georgia Law alumnus, Carl E. Sanders. It was created so law students could learn from individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in politics or other forms of public service.

Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge has assumed the position of associate dean for faculty development, a post that will allow him to work closely with the law school's faculty, especially its untenured professors, to expand and promote scholarly activities. 

“I am confident that Bo Rutledge’s enthusiasm and work ethic will be important assets as he works with our younger faculty members,” Dean White said. “This position has traditionally benefited our professors with their pursuit of serious research agendas, and I know Bo will be successful in this role.”   

Also the holder the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, Rutledge specializes in the areas of international dispute resolution, arbitration, international business transactions and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of Arbitration and the Constitution and co-author of International Civil Litigation in United States Courts. His work has appeared in a diverse array of journals such as The University of Chicago Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Journal of International Arbitration. He also regularly advises parties on matters of international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration).

A former U.S. Supreme Court clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas and for Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Rutledge regularly files briefs and advises lawyers in matters before the Supreme Court and lower courts.

Given his interest in international dispute resolution, Rutledge has taught and spoken at numerous foreign universities. In 2010-11, he was a Fulbright Professor at the Institut für Zivilverfahrensrecht at the University of Vienna Law School.

He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, an M.Litt. in Applied Ethics from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as executive editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

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