Professor Connie de la Vega Named New Madison Chair
Professor Connie de la Vega was selected to serve as the Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law at the USF School of Law, a position established to honor and perpetuate the work of a longtime friend and benefactor of USF.
The chair was endowed to highlight ethical and spiritual values in teaching and bring an added dimension to the legal profession’s concern for and service to humanity. Forty years after his passing, the faculty chair continues to honor Madison’s leadership in and service to the community.
“Professor de la Vega exemplifies the highest purposes in both the study and practice of law,” said Dean John Trasviña. “She is central to our being a global law school that has ethics at its core. We are proud of her work training our students in international human rights that will serve them and their future clients well for years to come.”
De la Vega, who is also academic director of international programs and a Dean’s Circle Scholar, writes extensively on international human rights law and frequently participates in United Nations human rights meetings. Her writing has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, when it struck down the juvenile death penalty. She established and leads the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates. She was awarded the Warren Christopher Prize last year by the State Bar as California’s International Lawyer of the Year.