Honorary Fellowships for Kathleen Sullivan and Sandra Fredman

27th May 2014

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New York lawyer Kathleen Sullivan (1976, PPE) and Oxford Professor Sandra Fredman (1979, Law) have been appointed as Honorary Fellows of Wadham College.

  • Kathleen Sullivan (left) and Sandra Fredman (right)

In recognition of their extraordinarily distinguished academic and professional careers Kathleen and Sandra join a small body of Wadham matriculants who have been recognised by the College through the conferment of this singular title.

Kathleen Sullivan is a partner in the New York office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a 650-lawyer business litigation firm, the largest in the United States devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration.

Sandra Fredman is Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at Oxford University. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and became a QC (honoris causa) in 2012. 

Biography Sandra Fredman

Sandra Fredman is Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at Oxford University. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and became a QC (honoris causa) in 2012.  She is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and a fellow of Pembroke College Oxford.

She has written and published widely on anti-discrimination law, human rights law and labour law, including numerous peer-reviewed articles, and three monographs: Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (2nd ed, OUP 2011); and Women and the Law (OUP 1997), as well as two co-authored books: The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988), with Gillian Morris, and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She has also edited several books: Discrimination and Human Rights: The Case of Racism (OUP, 2001); and Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer; and has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed law journals. She was awarded a three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2004 to further her research into socio-economic rights and substantive equality. She is South African and holds degrees from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford. She has acted as an expert adviser on equality law and labour legislation in the EU, Northern Ireland, the UK, India, South Africa, Canada and the UN; and is a barrister practising at Old Square Chambers. She founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub in 2012, of which she is the Director.

Sandra is committed to the development of pro bono activities in Oxford. She founded the undergraduate pro bono group Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA) with two other members of the faculty and is an active executive committee member of both OLA and Oxford Pro Bono Publico, the law faculty’s graduate pro bono group.

Sandra Fredman: What are human rights for future generations?

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Biography Kathleen Sullivan

Sullivan is the chair of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s national appellate practice.  Widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent appellate advocates, she was named in 2013 to The National Law Journal’s occasional list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, which noted her “awesome mastery of the case’s facts and the nuances of the law” in her recent winning Supreme Court arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.

She has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney as one of the Top 10 Women Litigators in the nation, ten consecutive times by the Daily Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily as Litigator of the Week, and by California Lawyer as Appellate Lawyer of the Year.  A National Law Journal article called her a Supreme Court “superstar” and a New York Times editorial called her “a formidable advocate” in describing her winning Supreme Court argument in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth.  Chambers USA (2012) describes her as a “truly terrific” appellate lawyer who wins clients’ approval as “tremendously agile and a fabulous advocate.”

The former Dean of Stanford Law School, Sullivan joined the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 2005 after a career as Professor of Law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, where she taught constitutional law to several generations of law students.  She represents a wide range of clients, including Shell Oil, Entergy, Samsung, Pfizer, Motorola, Google, Oracle, Cisco, Georgia Pacific, Coca-Cola, AIG, CNA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.   She has argued seven cases before the United States Supreme Court; numerous cases in the US Courts of Appeals, including the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and various cases in state high courts including the New York Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court.  In addition to her appeals practice, she plays an active role in trial practice, arguing numerous significant pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions in the US federal district courts.

Kathleen Sullivan speaking at the 2012 Supreme Court Review

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