Faculty Highlights Archive

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.

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.

University of Kansas School of Law

University of Kansas Law Professor Part of Effort to Improve International Arbitration Cases

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.

Seton Hall University School of Law

Seton Hall Law Professor Uses Empathy as Innovative Teaching Method in the Classroom

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.

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

USC Gould Law Professor Directs Successful Legal Clinic for Small Businesses

Michael Chasalow, Clinical Law Professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, directs the Small Business Clinic, which he founded in 2007 to provide law students with practice-ready transactional skills and offer free legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. Ten years later, his innovation has evolved into one of the area’s most respected legal clinics. More than 85 USC law students have helped 750 clients draft and review contracts, set up corporations and LLCs, draft terms of use for websites and mobile apps and complete filings and corporate documents required when setting up a business. Before joining the USC faculty in 2001, Chasalow spent more than a decade providing business and legal consulting to new companies and working with private equity investments in high-tech startups.

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

UCLA Law Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Labor Law

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.

Columbia Law School

Columbia Law Professor Receives Prestigious Bradley Prize for Innovative Scholarship

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.

City University of New York School of Law

Professor Honored for Work to End Violence Against Women

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.

University of Texas School of Law

Bankruptcy Law Expert Named to Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers

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 Recognized for Public Interest Advocacy

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.

Lewis & Clark Law School

Frasch Honored with Inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award by AALS Animal Law Section

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.

Texas A&M University School of Law

Professor Honored by AALS Section on Minority Groups

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 Law School

Panel Celebrates Professor’s New Book

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 Honored by Delaware State Bar Association for Role as Mentor

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.

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Professor Receives Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from AALS Section

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

Professor is Co-Author of Book Addressing Legal Education in a Changing World

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.

University of Michigan Law School

Michigan Law Professor Receives Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

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.

University of North Dakota School of Law

North Dakota Law Professor Patti Alleva does “What the Best Law Professors Do”

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.

Stanford Law School

Bringing Excellence to Research and 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.

University of Missouri School of Law

Producing Successful, Professional Litigators

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.

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

Inspiring Students to be Lawyers and Good Citizens

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.

Gonzaga University School of Law

American Legal System 101 for Spokane Refugees

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.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Experiential Learning Gives Denver Law Graduates an Edge

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.

University of Baltimore School of Law

Computer Mapping Provides Insights into Supreme Court Decisions and Dissent

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.

University of Utah Quinney College of Law

Role Model for Students and Advocate for Victims of Crime

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 School of Law

Former Federal Prosecutor Leads Fight for Drug Sentencing Reforms

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.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Professor Alexandra Natapoff Delves Deep into Misdemeanors: “Petty is the New Big.”

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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