S. Diver, Charles
A. Heimbold Professor of Law and Economics, and the law dean from
1989-99, is the recipient of the A. Leo Levin Award for
excellence in an introductory course. The Award was determined
by the Associate Deans on the basis of teaching evaluations.
Professor Diver, known for his contributions to the school during
his tenure as dean, took this same enthusiasm and commitment into
the classroom--as was evident in the student evaluations which
read in part, "
may be the best professor I've had in
both my undergraduate and graduate experience," "
teacher I have had in my schooling career. He makes me not only
want to be a better lawyer, but a better person." And, "Every
professor should be as clear, interesting, respectful, energetic
and humorous as this one."
Diver will be leaving Penn to serve as the 14th President of Reed
19). According to Dean Michael A. Fitts, "Colin will
be greatly missed here at Penn Law School. He served as a very
successful dean for a decade (the longest tenure of any Penn Law
Dean since Jefferson Fordham). Since stepping down from the deanship,
he has pursued teaching and scholarship with the same energy and
dedication." The Colin S. Diver Distinguished Chair in Leadership
was established in 1999 with contributions from alumni and friends
of Penn Law.
professor of law, is the recipient of the Robert A. Gorman Award
for excellence in teaching. The Robert A. Gorman Award was established
this spring in honor of emeritus professor Robert A. Gorman, the
Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law, who taught at the school
for more than 35 years until 2001. The Associate Dean determines
the award based on student evaluations of courses.
Scheppele's largest class, Evidence, is a standard in the law
curriculum, and this year her class filled the largest classroom
at the school. Her signature approach to teaching this class involves
working with transcripts of actual trials to give students a sense
of how real-world evidence problems arise.
year, because of the 9/11 events, she used the transcript from
the 2001 trial called the U.S. v. Osama bin Laden, a criminal
case brought in New York City against four men accused of plotting
and carrying out the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and
Tanzania. Inspired by what she learned in editing down the transcript
of this three-month trial, she went on in the spring term to develop
a new course called Terrorism and Democracy, which looked at the
history of terrorism around the world and the responses of other
governments to it, before concentrating on the 9/11 attacks in
the US and the legal responses that came after.
students at Penn Law are terrific," Professor Scheppele said.
"They are inspiring, and they appreciate courses that keep
them in touch with what is happening in the world." She has
also been involved in the College's experimental course "How
Do You Know?," teaching a section on legal conceptions of
professor of law, was awarded the Harvey Levin Award for Teaching.
This is the second time for Professor Skeel, who received this
recognition in 1999 as well. The Award was named for alumnus Harvey
Levin (B.S. '55, L.L.D. '58), an anti-trust law specialist who
died in 1976 at the age of 43. It was established by his firm,
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in 1978, to be awarded annually
to a faculty member in recognition of teaching excellence. Each
recipient is selected by a majority vote of students earning the
J.D. that year. The law firm donates funds for books selected
by each year's winner relating to his or her area of interest,
to be added to the Law School Library.
Skeel teaches in the areas of bankruptcy and corporation law.
This year he taught Commercial Credit II, Corporations, and a
Gambling and Speculation Seminar. He is known for his dynamic
classes, the clarity of his teaching and his enthusiasm.
have commented "Professor Skeel is exceptionally clear and
effective in generating interest in what he speaks about in class;"
"one of the best organized"; "stimulated a lot
of interest in the subject"; and "Professor Skeel is
terrific and made the class so interesting--especially by incorporating
is the author of Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law
in America, and a frequent commentator on NPR, in newspapers,
and recently on Nightline.
and Robert Fox are the first recipients of the school's
new Adjunct Teaching Award which was established this year. The
Associate Dean determines the award based on student evaluations
experts in the field of environmental law, Professors Manko and
Fox were able to provide students with special insights into their
course, Introduction to Environmental Law, presenting theory and
policy concepts while sharing real-world anecdotes about how environmental
regulation works in practice. Students learned about the issues
and requirements facing companies and regulators in evaluating
and developing environmental policies and procedures, including
the broad variety of enforcement actions.
student commented, "I thought they were fantastic instructors.
The discussion very rarely lagged, and they always kept me interested
in even the driest material." Another noted, "both obviously
are passionate about the field and conveyed that passion well.