Franklin Gill was Research Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law from 1989 to 2004 . He taught courses in International Business Law, International Public Law, Federal and State Securities Law and International Litigation and Arbitration. He was the Executive Director of the United States-Mexico Law Institute from 1993 to 2003 and the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.-Mexico Law Journal during these years.
Prof. Gill became interested in Russia while serving in the U.S. Army field artillery in Italy in 1945 having as one of his jobs keeping an up-to-date map of the progress of Allied forces in the closing months of World War II. He subsequently studied Russian affairs at the Russian Institute of Columbia University in New York where he obtained a B.A. degree and M.A. in Public Law and Government. He did research in the area of housing law in Moscow in 1958 with the support of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and then taught a course in Government of the Soviet Union at Cornell University. In 1987, he participated in a visit to legal and judicial offices from Leningrad to Khabarovsk under the guidance of Professor John Hazard of Columbia University. In the spring of 1995 he was a Fulbright lecturer in International Business Law at Rostov State University in Russia.
In 1956, he received the J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and subsequently practiced law with firms in Chicago and New York City as well as with Sun Oil Company of Philadelphia. He edited the three-volume study of Federal Securities Regulation sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law in 1991.
Prof. Gill is looking forward to participating again in the Fulbright program at Samara State University, Russia and plans to prepare a comparative study of the practice of business law and resolution of disputes in Russia, Mexico and the United States.