In Memoriam: Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos
Elizabeth R. Carter*
This issue of the Louisiana Law Review is dedicated to the life and
legacy of A.N. “Thanassi” Yiannopoulos1—who spent the first part of his
teaching career here at LSU.2 Professor Yiannopoulos accepted an offer to
become a tenured member of the LSU law faculty in 1958. He later
confessed that he accepted the position “under the mistaken assumption
that LSU was located, if not in New Orleans, at least in a suburb of the
historical city.”3 Louisiana and LSU will be forever indebted to Professor
Yiannopoulos’s mistake. I am honored to introduce this issue of the
Louisiana Law Review and celebrate the life of my mentor, Professor
By the time we finish law school, most of us have been in school for
20 years or more and have had dozens of excellent teachers. If you are
truly fortunate, however, you also will have a teacher to whom you can
point and say: “That is the one.” The “one” is that teacher who helped to
set you on the path you were meant to be on all along. The “one” is that
teacher who motivated you to accomplish things you never dreamed
possible. For me, Professor Yiannopoulos was the “one.”
I began law school at Tulane in 2004—towards the end of Professor
Yiannopoulos’s teaching career. I confess that, like Professor
Yiannopoulos, I was a bit confused when I decided to move to New
Orleans from Memphis. I did not know much about the law or Louisiana.
I did not know that Louisiana had a different legal system than the other
49 states. Yet civil law peaked my interest. I met Professor Yiannopoulos
in the fall of my 2L year when I enrolled in his Civil Law Property II
course. The semester did not go as planned—Hurricane Katrina hit shortly
after that first week of class and Tulane was closed for the semester. I
eventually took two courses with Professor Yiannopoulos, and I spent a
good deal of time with him outside of class. I was incredibly fortunate that
Professor Yiannopoulos took me under his wing—supervising my paper
Copyright 2018, by ELIZABETH R. CARTER.
* A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Law; J udge Anthony J. Grap hia & Jo
Ann Graphia Professor of Law, Louisiana State University. B.A., B.S., University
of Memphis; J.D., Tulane University; LL.M., University of Alabama.
1. As his students, we often referred to him as “Yippy.” See Jeanne Louise
Carriere, F rom Status to P erson in Book I, Title 1 o f the Civil Code, 73 TUL. L.
REV. 1263, 1264 (1999).
2. At Tulane, he affectionately referred to LSU as “the school up the river.”
3. Tyler G. Storms, I nterview with Pr ofessor A.N. Yiannopoulos:
Louisiana’s Most Influential Jur ist in Our Time, 64 LA. B.J. 24 (2016).