Louise Halper is a Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University and the director of the Frances Lewis Law Center there. She received her J.D. degree from Rutgers University and her LL.M. from New York University. Before entering academia, she practiced public interest law for fifteen years and appeared at every level of state and federal court, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Her current scholarship is on law and gender in the Middle East, with a concentration on Iran and Turkey. She has traveled widely in the area, visiting at Koc University in Istanbul and American University in Cairo, as well as teaching at Marmara University in Istanbul as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2002, she spent part of her sabbatical in Iran. She has published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, as well as numerous others. She is currently editing for publication a collection of papers presented at a March 2007 symposium on Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and non-Muslim Countries that was jointly sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.
Associate, Morton Stavis, Esq., Newark, N.J., 1975-77; Project Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Newark, 1978-80; staff attorney, Special Projects, Essex-Newark Legal Services, Newark, 1973-74: senior attorney, 1980-83; Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York, 1984-88; coordinator, Lawyering Program, New York University School of Law, 1988-91; Assistant Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 1991-96; Associate Professor of Law, 1996-99; Professor of Law, 1999-2008; Fulbright Fellow at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1997; Visiting Professor of Law, Seton Halll, 197-98; Visiting Scholar, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, Fall 2002; Visiting Professor of Law Harvard University 2004-05.