Two individuals have been honored by the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association (WLAA) with the 2011 "Teacher of the Year" awards in recognition of outstanding classroom instruction at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Howard Erlanger was chosen as Teacher of the Year from among all eligible tenure-track professors at the Law School by a poll of the three most recent classes (excluding the graduating class). Erlanger is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at UW Law School where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the recipient of a number of awards for his teaching and research, including the Emil Steiger Award for Distinguished Teaching from the UW-Madison, the Underkofler Award for Distinguished Teaching from the UW System, and the Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award from the Law & Society Association. A profile of Professor Erlanger can be found here.
Leslie Shear has been named the Law School's 2011 Clinical Teacher of the Year. Shear has been the director of the Frank J. Remington Center's Family Law Project since August 2001. She joined the Law School clinical faculty after more than twelve years in private practice with the Madison firm Murphy Desmond, S.C. Her practice emphasized family law, including divorce, child custody and placement, child support, property and debt division. In 2001, she was recognized by Madison Magazine as one of the ten best family law attorneys.
The awards will be presented at the UW Law School Board of Visitors Meeting in November 2011.
Submitted by UW Law News on October 25, 2011