Posted: 2006-03-08 00:00:00
Clinical Professor Meredith Ross, Director of the Frank J. Remington Center at the UW Law School, has been named one of two recipients of the Wisconsin Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership. The award is conferred on members of the university's academic staff who have had outstanding university careers.
Ross is an alumna of the Law School Class of 1990. She became deputy director of the Remington Center in 1991, and has been the Center's director since 1996. In addition to supervising overall operations of the Center, Ross provides individual supervision to students working on cases; designs and teaches substantive courses in the Law School; and is an active member of Law School committees and projects.
Under Ross's watch, the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) Program grew into the Remington Center, with an expanded mission, ever-growing number of clinics and student participants, and higher profile within the Law School and in the sphere of clinical education nationwide.
Clinical Professor Michele LaVigne, a Remington Center colleague and one of the individuals who nominated Ross for the award, wrote to the selection committee, "Meredith has helped all of us develop our visions so that our programs, courses, and research are more than great ideas. She has pointed out potential weaknesses and has crafted solutions. She has helped all of us find financial resources. She has been our advisor. She has edited our drafts. She has been a problem solver and has run interference with bureaucracies. And she has been our biggest advocate. In short, she has been a leader."
Faculty Director of the Remington Center Walter Dickey wrote, "In light of the growth of the program under [Professor Ross's] stewardship, it seems almost unnecessary to say more. The faculty and staff in the program have made substantial contributions in scholarship and service in the fields of our endeavor. Those contributions would not have happened but for the leadership of Professor Ross... She has furthered the mission of this law school and this university throughout the state and nation."
Ross's award will be recognized formally at the Academic Staff Assembly meeting on April 10, 2006, and at a reception hosted by UW Chancellor John Wiley on May 10.