Clinical Teacher of the Year

At University of Wisconsin Law School, we honor excellence—among our students, alumni, faculty and staff—in a variety of ways.

We recognize excellence in clinical teaching through the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award. This honor, 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 have taught in an experiential setting (including in-house clinics, externship projects with a classroom component, and simulation courses) in the last calendar year; be a clinical member of the faculty; 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.

Outstanding nominees for Clinical Teacher of the Year:

  1. provide excellent teaching in a clinical setting;
  2. take responsibility for creating, developing and implementing clinical education programs;
  3. stretch themselves in teaching, research and service, and inspire students and colleagues to do the same; and
  4. 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

2015   Mary Prosser
2014   Sarah Orr
2013   Byron Lichstein

2012   Ben Kempinen
2011   Leslie Shear
2010   John Pray
2009   Marsha Mansfield
2008   Michele LaVigne

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