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Six New Professorships Established

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NYU School of Law welcomes six new names to its roster of prestigious chaired professorships this fall. Thanks to the support of six very generous alumni, four of whom serve on the Law School’s Board of Trustees, NYU School of Law has the following new chaired professorships: Alan Fuchsberg (’79) established the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professorship of Law; George Lowy (’55) established the George T. Lowy Professorship of Law; Norma Paige (’46) established the Norma Z. Paige Professorship of Law; Wayne Perry (LL.M. ’76) established the Wayne Perry Professorship of Tax; Anthony Welters (’77) established the An-Bryce Professorship of Law; and Leonard Wilf (LL.M. ’77) established the Leonard Wilf Professorship of Property Law.

On this milestone in Law School history—six new chairs in a single year—Dean Revesz said, “I am delighted that Alan, George, Norma, Wayne, Tony, and Lenny have chosen to support the Law School in this very special way. A chaired professorship is one of the most meaningful gifts that a donor can make. It is a wonderful way to establish a family legacy and ensure that the tradition of excellence will be carried on for years to come. Chaired professorships are also crucial in our effort to recruit and retain the finest faculty in legal academia. These distinguished alumni have found a wonderful way to give back to the community that is so proud of their achievements.”

Judge Jacob Fuchsberg (’35) was a prominent trial lawyer and judge who served on the New York State Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1983. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner at Fuchsberg & Fuchsberg, the firm he started with his two brothers. He litigated several notable cases, including Ergas v. Barricini, which in 1963 resulted in the first million-dollar tort award, and the “Baby Lenore” case, which helped liberalize abortion laws. He was a trustee of NYU School of Law, an honorary director of the Law Alumni Association, and president of the Law Review Alumni Association. In 1977, he received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal. Alan Fuchsberg is the managing partner of The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm, where his practice focuses on personal injury and civil rights matters. He is the former chair of the employment rights committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (2000); a former member of the medical malpractice committee (1993-1997) and the committee on professional and judicial ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and a director of the New York State Trial Lawyers association since 1993. He is also affiliated with the 9-11 Pro Bono Program of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He and his sister, Rosalind Fuchsberg Kaufman (’77), also served as Reunion chairs.

Lowy received a B.A. from NYU Washington Square College in 1953. As a student at NYU School of Law, he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. After finishing law school and serving two years in the U.S. Army, Lowy joined the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 1957, became a partner in 1965, and has remained with the firm ever since. From 1983 to 1988, he taught at the Law School as an adjunct professor, and in 1991, he was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal. He was a member of the Council on the Future of the Law School, and served as a Reunion co-chair in 1995 and 2000. He is a member of the board of advisors of the NYU Center for Law and Business. Lowy has been a trustee of the Law School since 1991. He also funds the George Lowy Scholarship Fund at NYU School of Law.

After receiving a J.D. from NYU School of Law, Paige started a law practice in Lower Manhattan with her husband, Samuel Paige (LL.M. ’51), in 1948. She later founded the Astronautics Corporation of America with her brother, Nathaniel Zelazo, in 1959. Paige served as an executive, board member, and chairman of the company for 41 years. She also served as an executive vice president and director of Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Corporation after Astronautics acquired the company in 1988 until her retirement in 2000. Paige has been a Law School trustee since 1994. In 1991, she was given the Law Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award, and in 1996 she was given the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award during her 50th class reunion. She has funded the Norma Z. Paige Scholarships since the 1980s.

Perry started his legal career as an associate at a large Seattle law firm. After finishing his LL.M. in tax at NYU School of Law, he joined McCaw Cellular, a major wireless company, and served as executive vice president and general counsel (1976-1985), as president (1985-1989), and as vice chairman (1989-1994). In 1994, he helped negotiate the acquisition of McCaw Cellular by AT&TWireless Services, Inc., and then served as vice chairman of AT&T Wireless from 1994 to 1997. He then joined Nextlink Communications, a new fiber optic communications company, and served as its chief executive officer from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, he became chief executive officer of Edge Wireless LLC, an affiliate of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. that operates in parts of the western United States. He joined the Advisory Board of the Graduate Tax Program at NYU School of Law in 1998, and is a member of the board’s technology committee.

Welters began his career as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1979, he became the executive assistant to Senator Jacob Javits. In 1981, he was appointed director of federal affairs for Amtrak and shortly thereafter was promoted to assistant vice president of corporate development. In 1983, he joined the Reagan Administration as associate deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Welters is currently president and chief executive officer of AmeriChoice, a health care firm he founded, which provides health care services for state Medicaid programs. He has been a Law School trustee since 1997. He was the 2002 recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award, served as co-chair of his class Reunion committee in 2002, and is an honorary member of the NYU chapter of the Order of the Coif. Welters, together with his wife Beatrice, funds the An-Bryce Scholarship Program at NYU School of Law.

Wilf received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1972 and a B.A. from Boston University. He is currently president of Garden Homes Inc., a construction and real estate development company in New Jersey, which was founded in the 1950s by his father and his uncle, and which today is one of that state’s largest residential and commercial builders. In 1997, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve a five-year term on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Wilf has been a trustee of the Law School since September 2001. He also serves on the Tax Law Advisory Board and funds the Wilf Family Graduate Tax Scholarship at NYU School of Law.