Legomsky to Receive University Professorship

Stephen H. LegomskyStephen H. Legomsky has been named the John S. Lehmann University Professor in honor of his outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service to Washington University, the School of Law, and the international community. A member of the law faculty since 1981, Legomsky previously was the Charles F. Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law. The new professorship was created through a charitable trust established by Lehmann, LL.B. 1910, who was a distinguished lawyer and University trustee for more than 20 years. An installation ceremony will be held in spring 2007.

“Endowed professorships are an important vehicle in helping the University recognize and retain truly outstanding faculty,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “I am pleased that we are able to honor Steve’s ever-expanding contributions with this new University chair.”

Kent D. Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor, said: “We are thrilled to be able to bestow this new professorship on Steve, whose many achievements place him among our most distinguished faculty. The Lehmann family’s longstanding support of the School and their many contributions to the legal profession make this a particularly appropriate professorship with which to honor Steve.”

A former actuary, Legomsky is an internationally renowned scholar in immigration, refugee, and nationality law and policy. He is the founding director of the School’s Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, a past chair of the University’s Judicial Board, and a past member of the University City Board of Education. An elected member of the American Law Institute, he has received many accolades, including the University’s Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award and its Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award; the law school’s Triennial Teaching Award; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

Legomsky is the author of numerous articles and several books on immigration and refugee law and other subjects. His coursebook, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy, has been the required text for immigration courses at 157 United States law schools. He has testified before Congress, chaired several national committees, and advised several United States presidential administrations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the immigration ministers of Russia and Ukraine, and several foreign governments. A McDonnell International Scholars Academy Ambassador for Washington University, Legomsky has held visiting teaching and research positions in 10 countries.

A longtime St. Louis attorney, Lehmann served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1941 to 1963. He co-founded a firm that pioneered the development of chemical treatment methods for oil field emulsions and for water. He later headed the firm’s successor, Petrolite Corporation, as well as its Tretolite Division and the Rock Hill Company.

For many years, members of the Lehmann family have been generous supporters of the School and University, as well as prominent lawyers and business leaders. Lehmann’s wife, Anne, sponsored a visiting professorship in her husband’s name. With the assistance of Webster Lehmann, Hi-Bred International Inc. endowed a scholarship in honor of Webster’s father, Frederick W. Lehmann, Jr., LL.B. 1907, who was the brother of John S. Lehmann. Frederick Lehmann, Jr. served as President William Howard Taft’s solicitor general. (Frederick Jr.’s nephew, Frederick Lehmann III, LL.B. 1949, also was a highly successful attorney.)

Anne Lehmann’s father, Isaac Lionberger, was a University trustee from 1894 to 1919. He taught corporation law at the school and served as assistant attorney general for President Grover Cleveland. The endowed professorship that Legomsky formerly held was named in honor of Anne Lehmann’s cousin, Charles Nagel, LL.B. 1872. Another cousin, Ethan A.H. Shepley, LL.B. 1922, served as the University’s 10th chancellor and chair of the Board of Trustees. Shepley also has a University professorship endowed in his name, which Dean Syverud now holds.