Dowd appointed Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law

Published: November 27th, 2000

Category: News

Professor Nancy E. Dowd, a nationally recognized legal scholar specializing in workplace and family issues, has been appointed a Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law. In making the announcement, Interim Dean Jon Mills said, “We are very pleased to honor another one of our outstanding faculty members with this appointment. Professor Dowd is a talented teacher, as well as a noted author and scholar, and extremely deserving of this honor.” The Chesterfield Smith Professorships were established through an initial $100,000 from the Holland & Knight law firm, plus $50,000 donated by individuals within the firm, as well as Holland & Knight clients and friends of Smith. Additional donations and matching state funds fully funded the professorship at more than $300,000. Smith, a 1948 UF law graduate, is a past president of the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar, and former Holland & Knight board chairman. Professors Michael W. Gordon and Fletcher N. Baldwin Jr. also hold Smith Professorships, which provide salary supplements and support for scholarly activities. Dowd, a UF Foundation Research Professor and Trustee Research Fellow, specializes in workfamily issues, gender and workplace law, and civil rights law. She began her academic career at Suffolk University Law School, after clerking for Judge Robert Sprecher on the U.S. Court of Appeals and practicing labor and employment law with the Boston firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart. In 1987-88, she received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for a project entitled, “The Work-Family Conflict: Restructuring the Workplace.” She is author of Redefining Fatherhood (New York University Press, July 2000), and In Defense of Single Parent Families (New York University Press, 1997), as well as leading law review articles. Twice in the ’90s, Dowd received the Clara Gehan Award for Advancement of Women’s Issues from UF’s Law Association for Women. As a UF faculty member, she earned a Professional Excellence Program Award, a Teaching Improvement Program Award, and was voted a College of Law Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the American Association of University Professors’ Subcommittee on Status of Women in the Academic Profession. “It is an honor and a privilege to hold this professorship in light of the distinguished career of Chesterfield Smith,” Dowd said. “I deeply appreciate the support and recognition of my work by the College of Law.” Dowd is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist. She spoke twice in November, to a faculty seminar at Marquette University Law School on her new book, Redefining Fatherhood, and at a conference on “family law at the millennium” cosponsored by University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Dowd received her B.A. with high honors from the University of Connecticut, her M.A. from the University of Illinois, and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she graduated first in her class and was editor-in-chief of the law review.

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