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Professor Athanassios N. Yiannopoulos
The 20th Tucker lecturer, Professor Athanassios N. Yiannopoulos, needs no introduction to Louisiana lawyers. Professor, author, and juris consult, he is universally recognized as this state's prominent expert on the law of property, and he is active in several other fields of Louisiana law as well. He is presently W.R. Irby Professor of Law at Tulane University, and author of 11 books and over 60 articles on various legal subjects, most of them civilian in nature. He has served as a reporter for various portions of the Louisiana State Law Institute's ongoing revision of the Louisiana Civil Code continuously since 1975, and, as such, he has authored six major revision acts during that period-the most recent of these being an enactment of a new title of the Civil Code on ownership in division that was adopted by the legislature in 1990. For invaluable intellectual services that he rendered to his country of origin, he was honored with the Order of the Phoenix, Gold Cross, by the Republic of Greece.
Professor Yiannopoulos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1928, and received his diploma in law from the University of Thessaloniki in November of 1950 with top honors. He began his legal career as a practitioner in Athens. In 1953, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue an advanced law degree in the United States, thus beginning an American and European academic career that he has pursued ever since with great distinction. In 1954, Professor Yiannnopoulus received an M.C.L. from the University of Chicago School of Law, and he earned LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the School of Law of the University of California in 1955 and 1956. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the School of Law of the University of Cologne in 1960. That degree was awarded magna cum laude.
Professor Yiannopoulos began to turn his academic attention to Louisiana legal matters in 1958, when he became a research associate at the Louisiana State University Law School, and 1959, he published his first article on a Louisiana legal subject (mandate), in the Louisiana Law Review. He has continued to publish prolifically on Louisiana legal subjects in the ensuing years, and in 1963, became a full professor at LSU, where he remained until 1979. During these years, he taught several law school generations the subjects of property, matrimonial regimes, and civilian theory with wit, charm, and an authoritative grasp of the material that has seldom been equaled. In 1979, he moved to the Tulane University Law School, where he has continued to hold forth with equal mastery.
Our lecturer's best-known writings are probably his Civil Law Property (3d edition 1991), and his convenient yearly editions of the Louisiana Civil Code. He is, however, also the author of a Civil Law Property Course book (5th ed. 1990) and Matrimonial Regimes Course book (1978), and of the work that is still the standard introduction to civilian theory for Louisiana law students, the Louisiana Civil Law System (1978). His most important and lasting contribution to Louisiana has undoubtedly come, however, in the form of six law-revision enactments that he has produced since 1977. These enactments, drafted with the help of committees of prominent members of the Louisiana bench and bar under the aegis of the Louisiana State Law Institute, have revised and updated the portions of the Louisiana Civil Code dealing with the following subjects: Things and Modification of Ownership (Acts 1977, No. 169); Occupancy, Possession, and Prescription (Acts 1982, No. 187); Preliminary Title (Acts 1987, No. 124); Natural and Judicial Persons (Acts 1987, No. 127); and Absentees (Acts 1990, No. 190).Back