Faculty Profile: Sam Halabi

Friday, October 01, 2010

For new College of Law faculty member Sam Halabi, the academic virtues of TU made it an easy decision to join the faculty.

“The student-faculty ratio at TU is one of the best in the nation, and since I intend on getting to know each of my students and helping them both academically and professionally, that was a key consideration,” Halabi said. “And TU maintains one of the strongest programs in international and comparative law in the country, which are both research and teaching interests of mine.”

After earning undergraduate degrees in political science and physical sciences from Kansas State University in 1999, he was awarded a British Marshall scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University in 2001. Halabi earned Harvard University’s Distinction in Teaching Award as a result of his work as a teaching fellow for Modern Arabic Literature and Ethics and International Relations from 2003 to 2005. Halabi earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 2005. At Harvard Law School, Halabi served as Articles Editor and Senior Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal.

As an attorney with the Washington, D.C., firm of Latham & Watkins, Halabi’s practice focused on transnational mergers and acquisitions and the regulation of financial institutions.

“Successful deals depended on the coordination of a global network of lawyers navigating an intricate web of American, Canadian, European, and Asian antitrust, environmental, health, labor, and financial regulation,” Halabi said. He plans to impart this global perspective to TU students.

From Latham & Watkins, he went on to clerk for Judge Nanette Laughrey in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

“When I transitioned from private practice to working for a federal trial court, I learned how judges and their staff actually work through the fallout from deals that fail because parties did not pay sufficient attention to the complex pressures exerted by multiple regulatory regimes,” Halabi said.

In 2008, he advised the Presidential Health Care Policy Working Group on current and proposed approaches to international food and drug inspections. From 2008 to 2010, Halabi was a Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. There he studied the influence of global regulation on health outcomes. In one recent article based on his research there, Halabi showed how health care access programs advanced by international lenders after the 1998 financial crisis adversely affected uniquely vulnerable parts of the Indonesian health care system. That article in turn led to a 2010 address before a special committee of the United Nations on the relationship between decentralized health care systems and social inclusion.

At TU, Halabi is dedicated to studying the emerging field of global regulation. He said he plans to conduct and publish useful research that “helps citizens, corporate managers, judges, legislators, and regulators to effectively manage a world where markets are globalizing faster than national authorities’ capacity to coordinate with each other on the issues that globalization raises.”

This semester, Halabi is teaching Civil Procedure I. In the spring, he’ll teach International Law and Basic Corporate Law. Halabi aims to be a dedicated and thoughtful teacher for TU students.

“I hope to prepare students for the academic, personal, and professional pressures of practicing law and teach them to conduct themselves with the presence that a person who has earned a JD is expected to demonstrate.” Halabi said.

Halabi and his wife, Jenelle Beavers, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in civil fraud, have been married for a little more than a year. His wife’s family lives in Owasso. Halabi, an El Dorado, Kansas, native, has family in Wichita. They appreciate the proximity to family and friends and are thoroughly enjoying Tulsa, where they have received a warm welcome from neighbors and colleagues and appreciate local spots such as Philbrook, Brookside, Cherry Street, and Utica Square.

Scott Been