Innovative and Outstanding Programs

The Association of American Law Schools shares examples of innovative and outstanding programs to foster ideas and showcase the diverse approaches to legal education at AALS Member Schools. Previous programs featured on this page can be found at the Innovative and Outstanding Programs Archive.

Updated July 2, 2019

 

American University Washington College of Law

AUWCL Launches New Initiative to Demystify Blockchain Technology

American University Washington College of Law has established a new initiative, the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Legal Issues Group, which seeks to demystify blockchain technology and its applications, especially its use in Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency. The new initiative will focus on fostering and increasing students’ career opportunities through a deeper practical understanding of these transformative technologies and the legal issues involved. The group intends to host speaker events and a discussion series featuring students, faculty, staff, regulators, coders, entrepreneurs, and investors.

 

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Arizona Law Establishes New Course about Negotiations in the Sports Industry

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has developed a new course, Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Sports Industry, for master’s degree students in the Sports Law and Business Program. The course educates students on the theory, strategy, and practice of negotiating, but also helps them understand how these skills can be transferred into any workplace environment and their personal lives. The capstone project has students breaking into groups to negotiate a sports league’s next collective bargaining agreement, and then reporting back to their classmates on their outcomes and reactions.

 

Baylor University Law School

Baylor Law Develops Program That Teaches Lawyers How to Start Their Own Firm

Baylor University Law School has developed a new collaborative program, Legal Mapmaker, that addresses the access-to-justice problem for low- and middle-income Americans who have basic legal needs, but cannot afford the services of an attorney. Sponsored by every law school in the state of Texas, the program hosts a three-day series of workshops and seminars that instruct lawyers and recent law school graduates how to start their own law firm with overhead that is far less expensive than average. It aims to help entrepreneurial lawyers create firms that can offer legal services at affordable rates to traditionally undeserved communities.

 

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

BYU Law Accepts Cyber Pioneer Award for Innovative Legal Design Lab

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School launched LawX, a legal design lab that aims to solve one legal challenge each fall semester using design thinking. Students identify and find the best solution to a social legal issue, whether it is a change in policy, process, or creation of a high-tech product. The first project from LawX was the development of SoloSuit – a free online tool to help Utah residents who cannot afford legal services to respond to debt collection lawsuits. LawX was the recipient of the 2018 Cyber Pioneer Award presented during the Utah iSymposium.

 

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

IP Law Clinic Working with Startup to Bring New Screening Technology to Market

Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Intellectual Property Venture Clinic (IPVC) offers free legal and business expertise to student inventors and local startup companies as they enter the market. What makes the IPVC unique is the blend of business, intellectual property law, venture capitalization, and corporate counseling experience and training the clinic provides for students. IPVC has been working with a client, Reflexion, to bring new concussion screening technology to the market. Reflexion placed third in the national Startup Madness Competitions’ final round at South by Southwest Interactive in March 2017.

 

College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Innovative Summer International Internship Program Promotes Citizen Lawyers Abroad

William and Mary Law School’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding has sponsored summer internships for 174 students in 47 countries. Since 2002, these internships enable law students to work in challenging environments around the world, contributing to post-conflict reconstruction efforts and strengthening the rule of law in countries struggling to recover from war, genocide and chaos.

 

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cleveland-Marshall Law Launches Innovative Tech Lab In Partnership with TCDI

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has launched the new Tech Lab in partnership with TCDI. Law students and local contract attorneys will use TCDI’s review platform, CVLynx, to deliver quality, time-saving legal services. Attorney project managers will oversee all work performed in the center and work under the direct supervision and guidance of outside or in-house counsel. The Tech Lab combines the Cleveland-Marshall Law’s existing strengths in technology with several new initiatives in cutting-edge areas ranging from blockchain to legal entrepreneurship.

 

Duke University School of Law

D.C. Summer Institute Offers Introduction to Law School and Legal Thinking

Duke University School of Law offers the D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy, which includes an introduction to law school for undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and working professionals considering law school or careers in the public sector. Courses introduce participants to legal reasoning, constitutional law, persuasive argument and legal analysis. In its sixth year, the program offered a novel course highlighting three prominent roles that lawyers hold in public service — a judge, a member of Congress, and an executive branch advisor.

 

Duke University School of Law

Center for Innovation Policy Works to Facilitate Improvement in Federal Law and Policy

The Center for Innovation Policy (CIP) at Duke University School of Law is an independent forum that brings together legal professionals, technology and business leaders, government officials, and academic experts to identify improvements to federal law and policy that will promote innovation and economic growth. In addition to fostering dialogue among stakeholders on a range of issues through its conferences, CIP engages in policymaking and scholarly debates through the publication of research articles, essays, and white papers.

 

Florida A&M University College of Law

Florida A&M Law Launches Post-Admit Program to Prepare Students for Success

Florida A&M University College of Law has developed the Summer Comprehensive Academic Legal Enhancement program, which is designed to assist entering students with their transition to law school. The voluntary two-week program offers students admitted into law school several key experiences, including enrichment activities, mentoring and the opportunity to jump-start their law school careers by acquiring the legal study skills necessary for success. Participants receive individualized feedback and in-depth support from faculty teaching in the program.

 

Fordham University School of Law

Fordham Law’s ADR Program Fosters International Understanding

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (ADR) at Fordham University School of Law provides students with unique opportunities to study the field of ADR. The program comprises extensive coursework, unique study-abroad opportunities, hands-on clinics, and distinguished dispute resolution student teams. After playing a role in the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s, Fordham Law launched a summer program in Belfast and Dublin, which continues to flourish and strengthen international relations. The ADR Program also sponsors the annual Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference.

 

George Washington University Law School

Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Program Honored with Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award

The Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice programs at George Washington University School of Law has been nationally recognized as one of four recipients of the 2018 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. Together, these programs reflect the law school’s culture of professional development and create a curated first-year student experience, with the Inns of Court as the centerpiece. The Gambrell Award judges and the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism called the program an “exemplary and innovative approach to preparing young lawyers for a life in the law by exposing them to exceptional professional development resources and role models.”

 

Georgetown University Law Center

Street Law at Georgetown Law Celebrates 45 Years Teaching High Schoolers the Law

Georgetown University Law Center celebrated the 45th anniversary of Street Law with a summer celebration for alumni and guests, and the final round of the high school moot court competition on Monday, April 23. The program has trained more than 1,300 law students and served more than 35,000 Washington, D.C., high school students since 1972. The D.C. Council recently passed a ceremonial resolution acknowledging the work of the Street Law program.

 

Georgia State University College of Law

Center for Access to Justice’s Pro Bono Program Receives Outstanding University Program Award

Georgia State University honored the Center for Access to Justice’s Pro Bono Program with the 2018 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice: Outstanding University Program Award. Launched in August 2017, the Pro Bono Program connects students with volunteer opportunities to address unmet legal needs in low-income communities. In addition to regular volunteer opportunities, students can participate in the program’s Alternative Spring Break and spend a week learning about a substantive access to justice issue, such eviction defense or immigration detention, while engaging in pro bono service.

 

Georgia State University College of Law

Georgia State Law Adopts Data Analytics to Predict and Improve Student Success on Bar Exam

Georgia State University College of Law has developed a program using data analytics to identify early warning signs for bar exam failure and to target interventions for at-risk students, which will further improve the college’s bar passage rate. Georgia State Law will examine data such as the grades, classes taken and bar passage rates of its roughly 1,750 students enrolled during 2009 to 2017. After an analysis provides some insight, the college’s administration will consider curriculum changes as well as ways to tweak existing programs or develop new programs to facilitate better outcomes for students.

 

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Hofstra Law Establishes First Medical-Legal Partnership with Northwell Health

Hofstra University Deane School of Law has partnered with Northwell Health to provide legal services for patients facing issues that contribute to poor health. The medical-legal partnership will focus on serving underserved children and adults whose well-being is affected by various social challenges and cannot afford legal intervention. The partnership will target community health disparities such as unsanitary housing conditions, denial of health benefits, domestic violence, access to healthy food and water, lack of consistent or affordable child care, and other factors that hinder good health.

 

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

New Initiative Aims to Expand Diversity in the Legal Profession

Mitchell Hamline School of Law has developed the Gateway to Legal Education program, which is designed to expand access to the legal profession to underserved communities. This new initiative offers free, online, law-related classes to students at colleges and universities that serve primarily minority and first-generation college students. In addition to taking classes, the students would have the option to attend a week-long summer program immersing them in the law school experience and in legal practice. Students would also be offered a free course preparing them to take the LSAT.

 

New York Law School

New Institute Prepares Law Students and Lawyers for Careers in Legal Tech Sector

New York Law School established the Business of Law Institute to create a pipeline of new lawyers to positions in the growing legal tech sector. The institute offers a mix of courses and programs: the development of the Business of Law Workshop and Seminar, which combines classroom instruction on timely regulations and technologies with hands-on work experience in a corporate legal department; a technology-centric Learning Lab where students can gain exposure to industry-leading legal tech tools; and guest lecture series on topics related to regulatory structures, business concepts, and industry-standard technologies.

 

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

New Course Teaches Students How to Use Technology to Identify Legal Problems

The Innovation Lab at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law is a joint initiative of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center and the Master of Science in Law program. Launched in the spring of 2017, law students use technology to address challenges in the legal system. The course also includes software development and intro-to-coding components. Law students divide into teams and identify legal problems that can benefit from innovation. Student solutions included a platform to help small business owners with legal questions, a kiosk to help pro se litigants file court documents, and a platform to help first-year transactional attorneys at law firms gain experience.

 

Penn State Law School

Penn State Law launches Legal-Tech Virtual Lab to Explore Emerging Technology

Penn State Law School has launched the Legal-Tech Virtual Lab in the spring of 2018 with an event in University Park with legal-tech company ROSS Intelligence. The event trained Penn State students on EVA, ROSS Intelligence’s new free, publicly accessible artificial-intelligence-powered legal research tool. Partnering with leading legal technology companies and interdisciplinary partners across Penn State, lab enables students to explore the legal issues surrounding emerging technology and develop innovative educational content using those technologies.

 

Roger Williams University School of Law

Innovative Training Program Helps New Lawyers Hone Skills in the Courtroom

The Litigation Academy at Roger Williams University School of Law is an innovative training program for lawyers set in a federal courtroom. Formed through a partnership between RWU Law and the Federal Bar Association, the program offers experience for new lawyers, while serving the court and public with higher-quality representation. The program, novel for its use of professional actors, combines lectures by lawyers with decades of experience with workshops in which actors pose as witnesses and the students get to practice their craft. They then get feedback from state and federal judges, seasoned practitioners, and the actors themselves in a supportive setting.

 

Seattle University School of Law

Incubator Program Trains Attorneys to Help Moderate-Income Clients

The Low Bono Incubator Program provides training, guidance and resources to attorneys who combine their legal skills with entrepreneurial business savvy to help moderate-income clients. As part of the program, attorneys receive mentorship and financial assistance for one year as they build small and solo practices. The Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law launched the program in 2014 to build the next generation of lawyers working to expand access to legal services to clients who cannot afford a full-price attorney but also do not qualify for indigent aid.

 

Stanford Law School

Law Clinic Offers Client-Centered Legal Representation for Low-Income Residents

The Community Law Clinic at Stanford Law School is a neighborhood legal services office and trial practice clinic. The clinic serves low-income residents of East Palo Alto and communities near Stanford in three major areas of direct service: eviction defense, expungement of criminal records, and assistance obtaining Social Security disability benefits. In addition to representing individual clients in their cases, the clinic docket includes ways to engage students with policy issues in those practice areas. Over the past few years, the clinic has been assisting community groups that are seeking to pass rent stabilization measures through citizen ballot initiatives.

 

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Law Fellows Program at UCLA Law Honored for Promoting Diversity in Legal Education

The Law Fellows Program UCLA Law School and its founding executive director, Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97, have received the Change Lawyer Award for 2018 in honor of their decades of work promoting increased diversity in the legal profession and championing underrepresented college students who are interested in pursuing careers in the law. The program introduces promising undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the legal profession and the rigors of law school through a robust slate of lectures, mentorships and networking opportunities. Since its inception in 1997, the program has hosted more than 1,700 students from a wide array of undergraduate schools.

 

University of Colorado Law School

International Dispute Resolution Course Teaches Students to Think Globally

The International Dispute Resolution course at University of Colorado Law School blends traditional legal methods with diplomatic practices to give students a taste of the broader context in which legal dispute resolution takes place. Associate Professor Anna Spain Bradley introduces a weeklong simulation based on the U.S. Institute of Peace Simulation early in the semester. The exercise examines an active armed conflict with multiple parties which students must represent, and it underscores the importance and reality of the topics covered in the course.

 

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Semester in Practice Program Honored with Florida Bar’s Group Professionalism Award

University of Florida Law’s Semester in Practice program has earned the 2018 Group Professionalism Award from The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism. Since its inception in 2016, the program is designed to provide more experiential learning opportunities and to foster professional identity by exposing students to practicing attorneys, live clients and real legal matters. The program has also enhanced connections among its alumni through networking and mentoring opportunities.

 

University of Houston Law Center

Pre-Law Pipeline Program Honored by ABA for Accomplishments in Diversity

The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program has been honored by the American Bar Association’s Council for Diversity in the Education Pipeline for its efforts on behalf of diversity in the legal profession. The eight-week summer course is designed to increase diversity among law school applicants and to provide students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to seriously consider a legal education. The program divides students into two tracks – LSAC’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program, which includes classroom instruction and internships with law firms and legal organizations in the area, and Scholar II, which includes a comprehensive LSAT-focused curriculum that prepares students for the law school application process.

 

University of Minnesota School of Law

Innovative Data Practicum Offers a Pathway into the Privacy Profession

The University of Minnesota School of Law has established an innovative Data Compliance Practicum to help students learn about privacy careers and gain a competitive advantage in entering this emerging field. The practicum is run under Professor William McGeveran, an early adopter in the data privacy area. The practicum provides opportunities to engage in experiential learning, hear from marquee players in the industry, attend networking events, and take the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) exam to gain a key credential.

 

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

UMKC Law Shares Innovative Courses with University of Missouri Law Students

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law has been awarded a University of Missouri system grant to support sharing its innovative courses with University of Missouri School of Law students. The first shared course is Wrongful Convictions, which is co-taught by UMKC Clinical Professor Lindsay Runnels in cooperation with the Midwest Innocence Project. This course is the prerequisite for the Wrongful Convictions Clinic. The second shared course is International Criminal Law, which is taught by UMKC Adjunct Professor William Worster. The distance education course will give students at both law schools the fundamentals of the system of international criminal law with the option of an international field experience at The Hague in the Netherlands.

 

University of Notre Dame Law School

Innovative Clinic Makes Mediation Services and Training More Widely Available

University of Notre Dame Law School’s Applied Mediation Clinic provides mediation services to individuals litigating civil matters such as child custody, parenting time, discrimination, landlord-tenant disputes, business dissolutions, and contract disputes. Serve as mediators in civil cases to help people arrive at mutually agreeable terms and avoid the cost and combat of the trial process. Professor Michael Jenuwine, who leads the Applied Mediation Clinic, has also helped build capacity for mediation in the South Bend region by leading courses that qualify attorneys and judges to be listed on the Indiana registry of mediators.

 

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Penn Law Students Support Minors Involved in the Criminal Justice System

University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Youth Advocacy Project in collaboration with the School of Social Policy & Practice work together to support minors who are prosecuted as adults in the criminal justice system. Working with the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, a direct service and policy advocacy organization, students help get cases transferred to the juvenile system, and continue to support the minor once they return to the community. Penn Law students in the Youth Advocacy Project share their experiences.

 

University of Richmond School of Law

Richmond Law’s D.C. Externship Program Offers Real-World Experience for Students

University of Richmond School of Law has established the D.C. Externship Program in 2015, which is designed to offer students the chance to gain practical experience in federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. Rising 3Ls accepted to the program live in Washington, D.C. for the semester and complete 500 hours of substantive legal work for academic credit. Students meet with Professor Stephen Allred once a week for a two-hour seminar to explore how their jobs are structured, discuss different management techniques, and hear from guest speakers.

 

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

USC Law Clinic Helps Life-Term Juvenile Offenders Receive a Second Chance

The Post-Conviction Justice Project at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law is a clinic that provides a second chance for inmates, primarily women and juvenile offenders, serving life sentences. Co-directed by Professors Michael Brennan and Heidi Rummel, students in the clinic gain experience in representing clients at parole hearings, conducting resentencing hearings for juveniles sentenced to life without parole, and litigating petitions for writs of habeas corpus in state and federal courts.

 

University of Wisconsin School of Law

Wisconsin Law Clinic Honored for Success in Unpaid Wages Case

The Neighborhood Law Clinic at the University of Wisconsin School of Law teaches students how to apply substantive and procedural employment and rental housing laws. The clinic, which is directed by Professor Mitch, received honorable mention for ‘Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project’ from the Clinical Legal Education Association. The honor recognizes the clinic’s successful representation of a client who had not been paid for construction work. From the initial intake meeting to the trial, the case spanned four years and involved four different teams of students.

 

University of Wyoming College of Law

Defender Aid Program Flourishes in Shift to Trial Advocacy Cases

The Defender Aid Program at the University of Wyoming College of Law is a legal assistance clinic for individuals who have been accused or convicted of crimes and cannot afford counsel. The scope of the clinic’s work includes innocence claims made by Wyoming state prisoners (in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center), direct appeals, and other post-conviction relief. Over the years, the clinic has shifted from post-conviction relief cases to trial and appellate cases in state and federal courts. It has afforded the students new advocacy skills, great representation for the clients, and is saving the state money.

 

Wake Forest University School of Law

New Initiative Offers Physician Assistants a Competitive Edge in the Legal Marketplace

Wake Forest University has established the Emerging Leaders Program in Law, a partnership between the School of Law and the School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program. The cross-disciplinary initiative is designed to give PA leaders a competitive edge by helping them transform the delivery of health care while navigating a complex legal marketplace. Students in the program will earn a Master of Studies in Law and Master of Medical Science in PA Studies. The 36-month sequential degree program will begin accepting applications in April 2018.

 

Yale Law School

Clinic Provides Training for Local Refugee and Immigrant Food Entrepreneurs

Yale Law School’s Community Economic Development Clinic is a semester-long in-house clinic that provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to advance economic opportunity. Under the guidance of Professor Anika Singh, students assisted with the development of the curriculum for Sanctuary Kitchen’s Kitchen Incubator Program, a ten-week training program that is designed to provide resources, mentorship, and support to refugee and immigrant food entrepreneurs. Each session consisted of a presentation by the clinic team about the legal issues, including forming a food business and complying with food safety laws in Connecticut.

 

To submit a program for consideration for Innovative and Outstanding Programs, contact Jim Greif, Director of Communications at media@aals.org.

Faculty Highlights

The Association of American Law Schools is proud to highlight the teaching, scholarship and innovation of law faculty at AALS Member Schools. A list of previous faculty highlights can be found at the Faculty Highlights Archive page.

Updated November 11, 2019

 

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Professor Selected for University Distinguished Faculty Award

Cleveland State University has selected Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, Clinical Professor of Law, to receive the 2018 Distinguished University Faculty Award for Teaching. In addition to teaching legal writing and civil litigation, Broering-Jacobs has been heavily involved in strategic planning, recruitment, and enrollment efforts for the school. She has also served as a long-time faculty advisor to the Cleveland-Marshall moot court team.

 

College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Professor Awarded Kelly Professorship for Excellence in Teaching

Stacy Kern-Scheerer has been awarded the Kelly Professorship for Excellence in Teaching for a two-year term beginning in fall 2018. Kern-Scheerer teaches Legal Writing and courses in health care law, including Health Law & Policy and Food & Drug Law.

 

Columbia Law School

Bankruptcy Law Expert Wins Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Members of the Class of 2018 honored Edward Morrison, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, with the 2018 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching at their graduation ceremony. He teaches Bankruptcy Law, Contracts, and Corporate Finance and also serves as co-director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, & Public Policy, co-director of the Columbia Summer Program in American Law in the Netherlands, and a Conferee for the National Bankruptcy Conference.

 

George Washington University Law School

Business Law Expert Wins AALS Outstanding Mentor Award

Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University School of Law, was one of the recipients of the AALS Section on Business Associations’ 2018 “Outstanding Mentor Award.” Fairfax was presented with the award for her contributions to the field and generous support of colleagues. She teaches courses in corporations, securities law, and contracts, and she serves as the Director of the GW Corporate Law and Governance Initiative.

 

Georgia State University College of Law

Healthcare Law Expert Recognized for Community Service with AALS Award

Charity Scott, the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, received the AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care Award for excellence in legal education. Driven by her passion for helping improve the health of low-income families and for teaching, Scott was a founding leader in the educational and community outreach project, the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) in 2004, as well as the founding director of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic for law and health-related graduate students.

 

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Clean Air Law Expert Wins Knozone Lifetime Achievement Award

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice, is the 2018 recipient of the Knozone Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Indianapolis, IN. Professor McCabe was recognized for her contributions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality, where she served as the Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005. She recommended the City of Indianapolis start an air quality public education and outreach program, which was later called Knozone. She teaches a course on clean air law.

 

Lewis & Clark Law School

Professor Honored with Leo Levenson Teacher of the Year Award

Jeffrey Jones, Professor of Law and Philosophy, was honored with the 2018 Leo Levenson Teacher of the Year Award. Professor Jones teaches employment law, disability law, property law, property transactions, and a number of jurisprudence courses, including law and social justice in Lewis & Clark’s Department of Philosophy. Recently, he has become interested in new media for legal scholarship and launched the podcast and blog space, Legalcide.

 

Lewis & Clark Law School

Professor Receives Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education

Marilyn Cover, Executive Director of Oregon’s Classroom Law Project and Adjunct Professor of Law, has been selected to receive the 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education by the National Center for State Courts. Cover succeeded in establishing a Street Law Program, which is now the Classroom Law Project, that places law students in high school classrooms to instill youth about the practical principles of law. Cover built lasting relationships through this program, helping her impact change on a wider scale in her four decades of commitment to civics education.

 

Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Professor Honored with American Inns of Court Professionalism Award

John Carroll, Professor of Law and former dean, is the 2018 recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionals Award for the 11th Circuit. Professor Carroll teaches courses in evidence, trial advocacy, mediation, e-discovery, and professional responsibility. He served as a Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 1986 until 2001. He is an active Master of the Bench in the Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of Court, and he is a member of the Model Veteran’s Treatment Court Act Drafting Committee for the Uniform Law Commission.

 

South Texas College of Law Houston

Energy Law Expert Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Legal Research in Lithuania

Christopher Kulander, Professor of Law and Director of the Oil & Gas Institute, was granted a Fulbright award to conduct legal research and teach a course titled, “International Energy Law and Economics” at Vytautas Magnus University in Jaunas, Lithuania. “I feel tremendously honored to win a Fulbright award, a recognition and opportunity I have long both admired and desired,” said Professor Kulander. “I am grateful for the chance to teach international law students and research ways in which North American contributions to the energy market in Lithuania may bolster the economic, political, and commercial stability of the Baltic region.”

 

Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Professor Honored with Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Tom Lin, Professor of Law, is the 2018 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. His research and teaching expertise include business organizations, corporations, securities regulation, financial technology, financial regulation, and compliance. Professor Lin’s students have praised him both for his classroom teaching, described as “innovative, fresh, and exciting,” and for his commitment to mentorship.

 

University of Arkansas School of Law

Professor Named Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law

Will Foster, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, has been named the 2018 Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law. Professor Foster’s teaching and scholarship focus primarily on business law, tax, and transactional matters. He is a highly respected teacher and scholar who engages with students through activities such as advising the Business Law Society and directing the Business Law Certificate program. The class of 2016 chose him for the Lewis E. Epley Jr. Faculty Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching.

 

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Business Law Expert Honored with Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction

Robert Bartlett, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, received the 2018 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. The award honors an instructor who inspires students and demonstrates a deep commitment to teaching. Professor Bartlett regularly teaches Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, and Contracts. Given his practice experience representing venture capital funds and emerging growth companies, he developed a pragmatic, practice-oriented approach to teaching business law. He is also a founder and program co-director of the Startup@BerkeleyLaw initiative.

 

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Civil Rights Law Scholar Receives Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching

Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, received the 2018 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Harris teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory and Race Conscious Remedies. A law school faculty member since 1998, she has served as faculty director of the school’s Critical Race Studies program. She looked back on a career where she emerged as a compelling orator who has had a profound influence on generations of lawyers, academics and activists.

 

University of Colorado Law School

American Indian Law Expert Wins Hazel Barnes Prize

Sarah Krakoff, Raphael J. Moses Professor of Law, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Hazel Barnes Prize, the most distinguished award a faculty member can receive from the university. Her areas of expertise include American Indian law, natural resources and public land law, and environmental justice. She leads Colorado Law’s Acequia Assistance Project, which offers free legal services for low-income farmers in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Her seminar, The Law of the Colorado River, concludes with a rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

 

University of Georgia School of Law

Election Law Expert Receives Fulbright Award to Explore Campaign Finance Regulation

Lori Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Hosch Professor, received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to spend the spring 2019 semester as a visting professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Professor Ringhand teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. Her research will explore the different approaches to campaign finance regulation taken by the United States and the United Kingdom. Additionally, she has been selected from among the UK Fulbright award recipients to present a 2019 Fulbright Gresham College Lecture.

 

University of Miami School of Law

Immigration Law Expert Honored with Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

Rebecca Sharpless, Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic, was recognized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association with the 2018 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Sharpless’ scholarly interests lie in the areas of progressive lawyering, feminist theory, and the intersection of immigration and criminal law. She represents indigent low-income immigrants in removal proceedings and engages in litigation in U.S. district courts and before the U.S. court of appeals.

 

University of Michigan School of Law

Professor Selected for Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching

Maureen Carroll, Assistant Professor of Law, was selected to receive the 2018 L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Carroll teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and a seminar on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law. She is only in her second year of teaching at the Law School and is thrilled with the recognition. Her approachability and teaching style seem to have resonated with students. She wants them to learn not only what she’s teaching them, but also from their peers. “There’s a lot that we can learn from each other if we create a space for it,” Professor Carroll said.

 

University of Minnesota School of Law

Professors Receive University Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

Brad Clary, Clinical Professor of Law, and Barbara Welke, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, have been chosen to receive the 2018 University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. “This well-deserved recognition for Professors Clary and Welke continues a Minnesota Law tradition of exceptional legal instruction,” Dean Garry W. Jenkins said. “It’s a tradition that arises from a culture of devotion to teaching–something all of us in the law school community can take great pride in.” Professor Clary teaches evidence, deposition skills, and law in practice, and Professor Welke, who teaches in both the Law School and Department of History, writes in the areas of 19th and 20th century U.S. history and U.S. legal and constitutional history.

 

University of Missouri School of Law

Professor Wins Tina L. Stark Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Transactional Law and Skills

Carol Newman, Transactional Professor of Law, was announced as the inaugural winner of the Tina L. Stark Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Transactional Law and Skills at Emory University School of Law. Professor Newman’s expertise includes experiential learning in transactional law, interdisciplinary teaching in transactional law, and transactional law education. Among other factors, the committtee noted Newman’s leadership in the field of transactional law and skills, success in teaching in diverse academic environments, development and advancement of semester-long and immersion courses in transactional law and skills, and commitment to training the next generation of transactional lawyers.

 

University of San Francisco School of Law

Professor Receives University Award for Excellence in Teaching

Robert Talbot, Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy, is the recipient of the 2018 Sarlo Prize Award, the University’s highest teaching honor. Professor Talbot currently directs several USF law clinics, with practice areas ranging from employment to internet and intellectual property law. Since 1966, Professor Talbot has taught generations of law students many litigation skills courses and is a leader in clinical education. “This award restates what we have known throughout Bob’s 52 years of teaching excellence at USF: Bob epitomizes the model for bridging classroom learning with practical training in relevant professional areas of law,” Dean John Trasviña said. “We are grateful for his dedicated service.”

 

University of Texas School of Law

Professor Awarded Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

H.W. Perry, Associate Professor of Government and Law, has been awarded the 2018-19 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. The Friar Society, the University’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, awards the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship annually to one outstanding undergraduate professor. Professor Perry is a specialist in constitutional and public law. He has previously been honored with the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award by the Board of Regents and the 2017 Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Teaching Association.

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law

Professor Receives University Distinguished Teaching Award

Miriam Seifter, Professor of Law, received the 2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distinguished Teaching Awards. Professor Seifter teaches administrative law, property law, and energy law. Since joining the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in 2014, students and colleagues alike have voiced consistent praise for her teaching. Students also voted her the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

 

Villanova University Widger School of Law

Professors Receive Inaugural Diane E. Ambler ’78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award

Les Brook, Professor of Law, and Joy Mullane, Professor of Law, were named co-recipients of the inaugural Diane E. Ambler ’78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award. Professors Brook and Mullane were honored for their collaborative development of an innovative model, the flipped classroom, that was first imlemented in the Graduate Tax Program. This model provides students with a more active learning environment, encourages greater student engagement and affords professors the ability to adjust their teaching dependent on student needs. It has been adapted for their JD course, Introduction to Federal Taxation.

 

Wake Forest University School of Law

Professor Honored with Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award

Richard Schneider, Associate Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Law, received the 2018 Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. Besides his environment and international business law courses, he also teaches a course called Law, Literature, and Culture. Provost Kersh described Professor Schnieder, who is conversant in five languages, as the consummate intellectual. “And his students are better for it…he has grown the ranks and increased opportunities for foreign students (at the law school) as well as increased opportunities for our domestic students to study abroad in China, Italy, Spain, and Austria.”

 

Wayne State University School of Law

Patent Law Expert Receives ATHENA International Leadership Award

Katherine White, Professor of Law, is the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA International Leadership Award. Professor White received this honor in recognition of her “fine work inspiring, encouraging, educating and developing tomorrow’s leaders, particularly emerging women leaders.” Since joining the Wayne State University Law School faculty in 1996, she has taught courses in contracts, patent law, and patent enforcement. She is also a colonel in the U.S. Army serving in the Michigan Army National Guard as the command judge advocate for the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing.

 

West Virginia University College of Law

Professor Wins Significant Scholarship Award

Joshua Weishart is the winner of the 2017-18 Significant Scholarship Award. The honor recognizes Professor Weishart’s article, “Equal Liberty in Proportion,” published in a 2017 issue of the William and Mary Law Review. In the article, he explores the increasing role state courts play in settling education rights. His research focuses on education law and policy, particularly on the demands of educational equality and adequacy under the constitutional right to education. He has previously been recognized as Law Professor of the year in 2016 and received the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award in 2017.

 

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