The Association of American Law Schools is proud to highlight the teaching, scholarship and innovation of law faculty at AALS Member Schools. The faculty members below were previously featured on the AALS homepage. A list of recent faculty highlights can be found at the main Innovative and Outstanding Programs and Faculty page.
Christopher Drahozal, the John M. Rounds Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, is part of a project working to improve the information available to parties in international arbitration cases. Drahozal is a member of the board of directors of Arbitrator Intelligence, Inc., also known as AI, an entity established by Catherine Rogers, professor at Penn State Law. The project aims to promote fairness, transparency and accountability in the arbitrator selection process and increase the diversity of people deciding international arbitration cases. The centerpiece of AI’s innovation is the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire (AIQ), which is designed to be administered to parties at the end of a case to collect information on how the arbitrator managed and decided the case.
Paula Franzese, the Peter Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, has published “The Power of Empathy in the Classroom” (2017) in the Seton Hall Law Review. Franzese argues that the key to effective teaching is empathy and shares with her readers the philosophical, cognitive and behavioral science underpinnings to her approach as well as specific tools she uses in her teaching method. Nationally renowned for her excellence in teaching, she was featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013) and recognized as an “Exemplary Teacher” by the American Association of Higher Education.
Katherine Stone, Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Distinguished Professor at UCLA School of Law, is the recipient of the 2017 Bob Hepple Award for Lifetime Achievement in Labor Law by the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), an international group of labour law scholars. Stone is a leading expert in labor and employment law in the United States. Her books include From Widgets to Digits: Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which won the 2005 Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association and was runner-up for the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Sociological Association. She has written several other books as well as numerous articles on topics including the changing nature of work, globalization and labor law, employment contracts and arbitration law.
Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is a recipient of the 2017 Bradley Prize that honors innovative scholars and practitioners whose contributions of excellence are consistent with the mission of The Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation. In his acceptance speech, Hamburger, who has been on the Columbia Law School faculty since 2006, expressed how meaningful it is to be honored as a scholar: “When the Bradley Foundation gives this award, it draws attention not merely to four scholars, but to our work and even more seriously, to the problems we study, and these problems are serious.” Hamburger’s areas of expertise are constitutional law, the First Amendment, administrative law, and legal history.
CUNY School of Law Professor Julie Goldscheid is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 20/20 Vision Award, honoring individuals who advance the work of the Violence Against Women Act and the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Professor Goldscheid is a nationally recognized expert whose decades of work on behalf of survivors of gender violence has included arguing before the Supreme Court, directing programs, and authoring numerous articles and other publications to advance survivors’ rights and gender equality.
Mechele Dickerson, the Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice at the University of Texas School of Law, has been honored with the distinction of being named to the 2015 University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She is a nationally renowned expert in bankruptcy law and consumer debt and the first law school faculty member to be honored with this distinction in 13 years.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law Professor Mary Bird was named the 2015 recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Schrager Award for her work in public interest law and expanding the Loyola Street Law Program and other public interest initiatives. Professor Bird developed the Loyola Law Academy which allows underprivileged high school students to meet with law students and practitioners to learn more about careers in law.
Pamela Frasch, Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program and Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the AALS Section on Animal Law award for teaching, scholarship, and service. Her expertise and compassion in animal law has inspired her students and fellow lawyers for the past 20 years.
The AALS Section on Minority Groups has selected Professor Sahar Aziz of Texas A&M University School of Law as the 2016 recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award which honors junior faculty members who have made extraordinary contributions to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.
Boston College Professor Mary Bilder’s book Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention was honored at a panel sponsored by the Cough center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. The Bancroft Prize winning book reveals how James Madison extensively edited his notes from the 1787 Constitutional Convention and serves to make readers pause and think about if such a source can be considered impartial and accurate.
Widener University Delaware Law School Professor Dana Harrington Conner has been given the Delaware State Bar Association’s Distinguished Mentoring Award for her work mentoring and inspiring young Delaware lawyers. She also serves as the director of the Delaware Civil Law Clinic and co-director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at the school.
Professor Marina Angel of Temple University Beasley School of Law has been chosen as the recipient of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award given by the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, which honors individuals with a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship for at least 20 years. Her impactful work focuses on women in legal education and the profession, violence against women, school shootings, and abused women who kill their abusers.
Georgia State University College of Law clinical professor and director of experiential education Lisa Radtke Bliss co-edited Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World with three others. They saw the book as a follow up to 2007’s Best Practices in Legal Education, and a way to help educators design a curriculum that will address changes in legal education and better prepare future lawyers.
Professor Julian Davis Mortenson was named the recipient of The University of Michigan Law School’s Law’s L. Hart Wright Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015. Chosen by students, Mortenson has been praised for his passion for Constitutional Law and the individualized attention he gives to his students.
Harvard University Press’s publication “What the Best Law Teachers Do” has recognized Professor Patti Alleva, University of North Dakota School of Law, as one of the nation’s best law professors in the country. The four-year study undertook to identify the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. Professor Alleva has been recognized for her exceptional talents and contributions to teaching.
Previously an Assistant United States Attorney, Professor Sklansky now uses his talents to benefit scholarship and students at Stanford Law School. He is the author of the acclaimed evidence casebook, “Evidence: Cases, Commentary and Problems,” and has contributed to better understanding of a variety of topics relating to criminal justice. A committed teacher, Professor Sklansky has won campus-wide distinguished teaching awards.
With more than 25 years practice as a successful litigator, Chuck Henson, University of Missouri School of Law, now works tirelessly to prepare students to become effective advocates. His goal is helping ensure that future trial lawyers are effective, but always professional, in advancing the interests of their clients.
William & Mary Law’s 2015 graduates honored Professor Adam Gershowitz with the Walter L. Williams, Jr. Memorial Teaching Award, given each year to recognize outstanding law teaching. He is noted for his expertise in criminal justice and valuable scholarship. His amicus brief on behalf of criminal procedures has been cited by the Supreme Court in Riley v. California, a case forbidding warrantless cell phone searches.
When Gonzaga Law Professor Megan Ballard organized a half-day workshop for refugees on American law and justice, 180 newcomers turned out to hear from a judge, police officer, public defenders and a prosecutor (several of them Gonzaga graduates). Law students served as volunteers. One refugee said he had never before felt comfortable in the presence of the police. Helping “reduce their fears was quite powerful,” said Ballard. A refugee aid organization now plans to make the workshop an annual event.
Denver Law professor Robert Corrada’s students learn labor law by forming a union and engaging in collective bargaining, and grapple in administrative law classes with how to regulate a real life Jurassic Park. Corrada’s innovative methods have helped make Denver Law an exemplar of experiential learning where students learn real world skills in simulations, legal clinics and externships as well as classrooms. He now holds the nation’s first legal “Modern Learning” chair.
Numerical scorecards on Supreme Court rulings abound, but University of Baltimore law professor Colin Starger has created a visual way to understand the high court’s decisions and dissents. His novel mapping software produces sophisticated, almost genealogical charts that plot relationships between majority, concurring and dissenting opinions extending over decades.
When Paul Cassell teaches criminal law, procedure, and crime victims’ rights to University of Utah law students, he brings the perspective of one who has been a federal judge, prosecutor and advocate before the Supreme Court for child pornography victims. Once a clerk for Chief Justice Warren Burger, Cassell also has spoken out forcefully against cuts in funding for public defenders. His career stands as a model for those committed to the pursuit of justice.
St. Thomas University law professor Mark Osler is among the country’s most successful advocates for criminal justice reform. He won the 2009 Supreme Court case that vindicated a judge’s refusal to impose a sentence for selling crack cocaine 100 times longer than for selling the drug in powder form. Author of Jesus on Death Row, he’s staged mock trials of Christ to dramatize opposition to the death penalty. Letters from prisoners inspired him to found the first law school clinic that works to obtain commutations or pardons for federal prisoners.
With one sentence, Professor Alexandra Natapoff summarized the thesis of her newest scholarly pursuit: examining the often-underappreciated area of misdemeanor crimes and the consequences of their disproportionately low profile convictions as compared to felonies.
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