Hernández named Levin, Mabie, Levin Professor of Law

Published: January 29th, 2001

Category: News

Professor Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol, an expert in international law and human rights, has been appointed a Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor of Law.“We are delighted to announce Professor Hernández-Truyol’s appointment,” said Interim Dean Jon Mills. “She is extremely talented and brings a wealth of experience, both legal and academic, to her new position through her association with some of the finest law schools in this country. Her unique perspective on multicultural issues and her expertise in human rights will help prepare our students for the diversity they will encounter in today’s global environment.” The Levin, Mabie and Levin professorships were established through a gift of land, later sold for $1.26 million, from law partners Fredric and David Levin and the late Lefferts L. Mabie Jr. of Pensacola. Hernández-Truyol joined the law college faculty after serving as a visiting professor at UF last fall. She previously was a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, where she also directed the International Women’s Human Rights Project of the Center for Law and Public Policy. During the late 1990s, Hernández-Truyol was an honorary senior fellow in the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She also has been on law school faculties of the University of New Mexico and DePaul University. While in private practice, she was an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. Hernández-Truyol is one of the founders of the Latino Critical (LatCrit) Theory movement and is widely published. She is completing a book, Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology(NYU Press), and recently was published in the NYU and University of Southern California law reviews, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, and in the Columbia Human Rights Law Reviewwith a critique of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee decision – a Supreme Court ruling abridging legal immigrants’ First Amendment rights. Hernández currently is serving as co-chair of the 2000-2001 law school Faculty Appointments Committee, helping the college pursue its diversity goals through hiring and retention. She also is active in the Association of American Law Schools (where she chairs the minority section), American Bar Association and American Society of International Law. She received her bachelor degree from Cornell University, her law degree (cum laude) from Albany Law School of Union University and her masters in law from New York University.

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