Tamar Frankel, Trailblazer

I am pleased to be involved in an exciting new project sponsored by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  The Commission is spearheading an oral history project called Women Trailblazers in the Law.

Wisely, the Commission has selected Boston University Law Professor Tamar Frankel to be profiled.  I have agreed to interview Professor Frankel for the project.  I will be taking a full-life oral history of Professor Frankel over the coming months.  The interviews will be taped and transcripts of the interviews will be preserved at the Library of Congress in Washington as a resource for future generations of lawyers and scholars.

Professor Frankel is a distinguished scholar and a pathbreaker in many ways.  As the first female professor on the tenure track at BU (and among the first women corporate law professors in the country) she is no doubt a trailblazer.  She is a leading expert on fiduciary law having written leading treatises on the Regulation of Money Managers and Securitization.  She recently published Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad, which decries the erosion of a culture of ethics in American business. 

 In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Frankel has led a fascinating life. She was born and raised in Israel where she ran her own law practice before moving to the United States to study at Harvard Law School, where she earned her LLM and SJD degrees.  I am looking forward to learning more about her life as we move forward with the project.


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