The Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, initiated in 2008, demonstrates our belief in the importance of clinical legal education in preparing students for legal practice.
To be eligible for this award, a nominee must be a member of the clinical faculty; have taught in an experiential setting (in-house clinics, externship projects with a classroom component, and simulation courses) in the last calendar year; and may not have received the award in the last four years.
The Clinical Teacher of the Year Award is determined by a committee named by the dean. The committee uses the following criteria to evaluate candidates:
- They must provide excellent teaching in a clinical setting;
- take responsibility for creating, developing and implementing clinical education programs;
- stretch themselves in teaching, research and service, and inspire students and colleagues to do the same; and
- work constructively with the larger legal community.
Every year, the Law School requests nominations of its most recent graduating class, and second and third-year students. The committee relies heavily on these nominations to make its determination.
Winners of the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
2017 Gretchen Viney
2016 Anne Smith
2015 Mary Prosser
2014 Sarah Orr
2013 Byron Lichstein
2012 Ben Kempinen
2011 Leslie Shear
2010 John Pray
2009 Marsha Mansfield
2008 Michele LaVigne