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07/20/93

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Mabry, expert in international trade and business, joins Law School faculty

STANFORD -- Linda A. Mabry, an expert in international trade and business transactions, has joined the faculty of Stanford Law School. Her appointment as an associate professor became effective July 1, 1993.

Mabry was previously a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson & Falk. She was offered a regular teaching position at Stanford after spending the autumn 1992 term at the school as a visiting lecturer in residence.

"Linda Mabry brings unusual international and legal strength to our faculty," said Paul Brest, dean of Stanford Law School, in announcing the appointment. "She will play a key role in preparing our students for a future in which business, trade and information are increasingly global."

Mabry, who is African American, was born April 30, 1952, in New York City and raised in Brussels, Belgium, where she attended the Lycee Francais. She returned to the United States during her teens, graduating from Manhattan's Walden High School.

During her undergraduate studies with Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, she spent a junior year abroad at Makerere University in Uganda. She graduated from the Massachusetts school magna cum laude in political science in 1983.

Mabry then earned a graduate degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1975), followed by a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1978).

While in law school, she received a teaching fellowship and served as an editor of a Georgetown scholarly journal, Law & Policy in International Business, and executive editor of the Association of Student International Law Societies' International Law Journal.

Fluent in both French and Spanish, she also worked during this period as an interpreter for the U.S. Department of State.

Her first positions after completing law school were as an attorney-adviser in the State Department (1978-80) and then as a special assistant to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce (1980-81).

Mabry then entered private practice, first as an attorney with Hogan & Hartson and then with Miller & Chevalier, Chartered, both of Washington, D.C.

From 1981 to 1986 she also was a performing member of the Arlington Dance Theatre, a dance company based in northern Virginia.

She moved to California in 1986 to become managing attorney of Helm & Purcell of Oakland and joined the Howard, Rice firm in 1987.

Mabry's scholarly publications include Export Controls as Instruments of Foreign Policy, which she co-authored with Homer E. Moyer Jr., a former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The book was published in 1987 by the International Law Institute.

She is a member of both the District of Columbia and California bars. A leader in her field, she has served on the executive council of the American Society of International Law and is currently a member of the American Bar Association's sections on international law and business law, California State Bar's sections on international law, business law and intellectual property law, and other professional groups.

Beginning this fall, she will be teaching a course in international business transactions.

Now a resident of Mountain View, Calif., Mabry has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Mabry's appointment brings to three the number of African Americans on the permanent faculty of Stanford Law School. The 45- member professoriat now also includes 10 women. Mabry is the second African American woman to win a tenure-track position.

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