Bell, Grey, Odinet, and Stephenson awarded endowed professorships


From left: Profs. Christopher Odinet, Angela Allen Bell, Gail S. Stephenson, and Shenequa Grey.

Congratulations to Profs. Angela Allen Bell, Shenequa Grey, Christopher Odinet, and Gail S. Stephenson, accomplished scholars who received new titles as of July 1, 2016. The Southern University Board of Supervisors, on the recommendation of a special committee of the law faculty, voted to award these individuals the Southern University Law Center’s prestigious endowed professorships.

An endowed professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed on a faculty member by the SU Board of Supervisors and serves both to honor the faculty holder and as an enduring tribute to the donor who endowed it or to the person for whom the professorship was established. Scholarship is a key purpose of the endowed positions. The funds from these endowments propel research and create opportunities for collaboration with scholars from around the world.

Prof. Angela Allen Bell has been named the B.K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor. The professorship was established in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Bhishma Kumar Agnihotri. Agnihotri served as Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center for 26 years until he stepped down to accept the post of Global Ambassador-at-Large of the Government of India.

Bell’s research focuses on civil rights, restorative justice, social justice, and the interplay between race and justice. Her publications can be found in the Seattle University Law Review, the Mercer University Law Review, the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review, the Journal of Law and Social Deviance, the California Western Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. She has the distinction of having been selected for membership in the National Black Lawyers-Top 100, an invitation-only organization.  In addition to being a recurrent speaker in the community, as well as in the legal arena, Bell is frequently quoted and interviewed by local, national, and international media. She has twice submitted written testimony to the United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution and has served as an expert reviewer of solitary confinement teaching materials that are available through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Click here to view her research.

Prof. Shenequa Grey has been named the Clyde C. Tidwell Endowed Professor. The professorship was established in honor of the late Prof. Clyde Carzet Tidwell, a member of the SULC Class of 1966, who taught courses in Legal Research and Property Law, among many others, at SULC for more than 40 years.

Prof. Grey’s research focuses on the law of evidence and constitutional criminal procedure, and her publications have appeared in the Tulane Law Review, the University of San Francisco Law Review, the Southern University Law Review, the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, and the St. Thomas Law Review. Grey recently published a casebook on Louisiana’s law of evidence with Carolina Academic Press, and is currently working on a student handbook and an interactive animated video series in Louisiana evidence that are both scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. She has given commentary on criminal procedure and evidentiary issues in local and national media, and she is the host of the local weekly television show, The Legal Roundtable. Click here to view her research.

Prof. Gail S. Stephenson has been named the Louisiana Outside Counsel A.A. Lenoir Endowed Professor. The professorship was established in honor of Aguinaldo Alphonse Lenoir, who was the first dean of the Southern University Law Center and was a noted civil rights lawyer and activist.

Prof. Stephenson directs the Law Center’s Legal Analysis and Writing Program. Her research focuses on culturally diverse teaching, Louisiana civil procedure, and civil law notaries. Her publications have appeared in the Louisiana Law Review, the Loyola Law Review, the Southern University Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, and the Cumberland Law Review. She is also considered the state’s foremost expert of the law of notaries. Click here to view her research.

Prof. Christopher Odinet has been named the Horatio C. Thompson Endowed Professor. The professorship was established in honor of Horatio Thompson, who was a celebrated real estate developer, businessman, community volunteer, and civil rights activist in Baton Rouge, and who is credited with helping to develop the neighborhoods outside the gates of the campus at a time when quality housing for people of color was scarce.

Prof. Odinet’s research deals with mortgage lending and commercial/consumer finance. His articles have appeared in top 50 ranked national law journals, including the Washington University Law Review, the SMU Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Cincinnati Law Review, and the Banking Law Journal. He also recently published a deskbook on Louisiana secured transactions with West Academic Publishing and is frequently quoted by news and media outlets on real estate and commercial/finance law topics. Odinet is currently serving a two-year term as the Louisiana Bar Foundation Scholar-in-Residence. Click here to view his research.