TU College of Law Names Inaugural Recipients of Phyllis Hurley Frey Professorship

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On October 2, 2009, Dean Janet K. Levit named Professors William G. Hollingsworth and Rex J. Zedalis as the first Phyllis Hurley Frey Professors of Law at The University of Tulsa College of Law.

The Phyllis Hurley Frey Professorship was established in September 2009 by Martin A. Frey, Professor Emeritus at the TU College of Law, in memory of his wife. Under the terms of the professorship, it is to be awarded at the discretion of the dean to one faculty member or visiting faculty member whose accomplishments promote excellence in instruction for the benefit of the TU College of Law and its students.

Phyllis Hurley Frey received a J.D. from TU in 1981. She worked as a bankruptcy court administrator in Tulsa and coauthored three paralegal textbooks with her husband.

“I am proud to name Professor Hollingsworth and Professor Zedalis as the first two Phyllis Hurley Frey Professors,” Levit said. “Both exemplify excellence in teaching and have shown true dedication to the College of Law.”

Hollingsworth, a Professor of Law who joined the law school faculty in 1975, was named to the position for the 2009-2010 academic year. Author of the book Ending the Explosion: Population Policies and Ethics for a Humane Future, his primary scholarly interests are world population, ethics, and popular culture. Hollingsworth has also been an IndoAmerican Fellow at the American Institute for Indian Studies in New Delhi and received the Sterling Graduate Law Fellowship from Yale Law School. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, and mental health law. He intends to retire at the end of the fall semester.

Zedalis, a Professor of Law who joined the law school faculty in 1981, has been selected to fill the professorship upon Hollingsworth’s retirement through the 2011-2012 academic year. He is author of The Legal Dimensions of Oil and Gas Law in Iraq: Current Realities/Future Prospects, a book recently published by Cambridge University Press. He serves as director of the TU’s Comparative and International Law Center and is a fellow of the law school’s Sustainable Energy & Resources Law Program. A frequently published author, Zedalis’ scholarship explores the interface between international law and energy/commercial endeavors. Zedalis received the Outstanding University Professor of the Year Award, TU’s highest teaching honor, in 2004, and has received the TU College of Law’s Outstanding Law Professor of the Year Award four times.

Jimmy Hart