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Anne Proffitt Dupre: Professor Dupre

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Anne Proffitt Dupre (1952 - 2011)

Anne Proffitt Dupre joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 1994 and taught Education Law, Children and the Law, and Contracts. In 2004, she became the fourth woman in Georgia Law history to be appointed to an endowed position, a J. Alton Hosch Professorship. She was nationally recognized as an expert in education law and policy,

Dupre was a Senior Fellow for the UGA Institute of Higher Education and co-director of the Education Law Consortium, which she founded with Dr. John Dayton of the UGA College of Education. As an International Fellow of the university, Dupre extended her research to Argentina, where she visited and studied the Argentine federal education law. She was an active participant in the UGA Management Training Institute with Jilin University, a university in northern China. She was also part of the U.S. State Department Speaker Program at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where she conducted a seminar on Ethics in Higher Education.

Dupre received the Blue Key Young Alumnus Award presented by UGA's Blue Key chapter. She was honored by law students with the Faculty Book Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is now the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the John C. O'Byrne Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Faculty-Student Relations. She received several campus-wide honors, including the UGA Teaching Academy, UGA International Fellow, and the UGA Lilly Teaching Fellowship. In May 2007, she was selected as a UGA Senior Teaching Fellow.

Dupre served as a judicial clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun following her clerkship with Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge before joining the faculty at Georgia Law.

Dupre earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and her law degree from UGA, where she graduated first in her class and served as editor in chief of the Georgia Law Review.

Athens Banner-Herald from June 26 to July 1, 2011

Athens - Anne Proffitt Dupre passed away peacefully on June 22, 2011 following a hard-fought battle with metastatic small cell cervical cancer. Her loving husband, William "Bill" Dupre, and her father, George Proffitt, were with her when she died.
Anne was born to Elizabeth and George Proffitt on October 22, 1952, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She graduated from Coventry (RI) High School in 1970. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in history and psychology in 1974. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Following a whirlwind romance, she married Bill Dupre, her husband of 35 years. With little prospect of jobs for Anne in Rhode Island, Anne and Bill moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. where Anne taught fifth grade for five years. But Anne's life would forever change as the result of a casual conversation with friends. Someone posed a simple question: What would you be if you could be anything you wanted? Bill said, "I would be third baseman for the Boston Red Sox." Anne's response was, "I would be a lawyer." Without even thinking, Bill responded, "Well, I can never be a third baseman for the Red Sox, but you can certainly become a lawyer." And so it was.

From the start, Anne found her passion in the law. She attended law school at the University of Georgia where she graduated first in her class in 1988 and served as editor-in-chief of the Georgia Law Review. She served as a judicial clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun following her clerkship with Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Anne then practice law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.


But Anne was so much more than a law professor. Throughout her life, Anne pursued her interests with the same passion that she pursued the law. A brilliant woman, she excelled at everything she did, seemingly without effort. She basically taught herself French through podcasts, language tapes, watching French films, and listening to French music. She devoured books about French history so that when she traveled to France, she could serve as everyone's tour guide. In the last year of her life she read over 100 books, sometimes reading three or four at the same time, all on different topics and from different genres. A true Renaissance woman, Anne could carry on a conversation on just about any topic because she was intense about everything she pursued - knitting, quilting, golf, travel, art, meditation. In the last few weeks of her life, she took up painting. Throughout her illness, Anne maintained her amazing wit and sense of humor; she was optimistic to a fault, always assuming that she was stronger than her disease and that she would beat it.

Anne was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Gates Proffitt. She is survived by her husband, Bill Dupre; her father, George Proffitt; her three "furry" feline children, Cricket, Sugar, and Oliver.

The family would like to thank all of the friends who gave Anne unconditional love and support throughout her illness as well as the nurses from Odyssey Hospice for the tender care they gave her in her final days.

Authored by Professor Dupre


Brother Can You Spare a Dime?: Contemplating the Future of School Funding Litigation in Tough Economic Times, 258 Educ. L. Rep. 937 (2010) (with John Dayton and Eric Houck).

A Child's Right to Human Dignity: Reforming Anti-Bullying Laws, 28 Irish Educ. Stud. 333 (2009) (with J. Dayton).

"Recommendations for Improving Anti-Bullying Legislation" in EPEC Policy Papers, E. Houck, ed. (Education Policy and Evaluation Center, 2009) (with J. Dayton and A. Horne).

Searching for Guidance in Public School Search and Seizure Law: From T.L.O. to Redding, 248 Educ. L. Rep. 19 (2009) (with John Dayton).

Morse Code: How School Speech Takes a ("Bong") Hit, 233 Educ. L. Rep. 503 (2008) (with John Dayton).

Protecting Children from the Dark Side of the Internet, 212 Educ. L. Rep. 553 (2006) (with John Dayton and Christine Kiracofe).

Blood and Turnips in School Finance Litigation: A Response to Building on Judicial Intervention, 36 J.L. & Educ. 481 (2007) (with John Dayton).

The Spirit of Serrano: Past, Present, and Future, 32 J. Ed. Finance 22 (2006) (with John Dayton).

Grades: Achievement, Attendance, or Attitude?, 199 Ed. Law Rep. 569 (2005) (with John Dayton).

School Funding Litigation: Who's Winning the War, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 2351 (2004) (with John Dayton) .

The Future of Education Finance Litigation, 186 Educ. L. Rep. 1 (2004) (with John Dayton).

Education Transformation: The Lesson From Argentina, 34 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1 (2001).

A Study in Double Standards, Discipline, and the Disabled Student, 75 Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2000).

Violence, Depravity, and the Movies: The Lure of Deviancy, USA Today Mag., Jan. 1999, at 54.

Disability, Deference, and the Integrity of the Academic Enterprise, 32 Ga. L. Rev. 393 (1998).

Disability and the Public Schools: The Case Against Inclusion, 72 Wash. L Rev. 775 (1997).

Equal Protection of the Laws: Recent Judicial Decisions and Their Implications for Public Educational Institutions, 114 Educ. L. Rep. 1 (1997).

Should Students Have Constitutional Rights? Keeping Order in the Public Schools, 65 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 49 (1996).

Foreign Duty, 2 Bus. L. Today 46 (Nov. 1992) (reprinted in Guide to Export Controls, 2d ed., and in Corporate Counsel's International Advisor).

Yost v. Torok and Abusive Litigation: A New Tort to Solve an Old Problem (case note), 21 Ga. L. Rev. 429 (1986).


Jumping the Queue: an Inquiry into the Legal Treatment of Students with Learning Disabilities, 49 J. Legal Educ. 301 (1999).


"Honig v. Doe, 484 U.S. 305 (1988") and "Board of Educ. v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982)" in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).

"The Story of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier: Student Press and the School Censor" in Education Law Stories (M. Olivas and R. Schenider, eds., Foundation Press, 2008).


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