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Law School Teaching Awards

Dr. Seth Kreimer, associate dean of the Law School bestowed teaching awards for 2003-2004 to four members of the Law School faculty.


Gideon Parchomovsky

Dr. Gideon Parchomovsky, assistant professor of law, has been named this year's winner of the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course for his class on Property. 

Dr. Parchomovsky, who specializes in intellectual property, property law, and cyber law, joined the Penn Law faculty in 2002.  He holds a J.S.D. from Yale, an LL.M. from Berkeley, and an LL.B. from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject is certainly reflected in the sample quotes from his students, "Professor Parchomovsky is by far the best professor I've had in law school in terms of stimulating interest. He breathes life into the dullest of topics and makes even very difficult material palatable and interesting. He is without question an extraordinarily gifted teacher." His "love for the topic, of teaching, and of his students made it one of the most enjoyable classes of the semester. Cases that seemed dry the night before seemed to leap off the page in the professor's hands. A truly phenomenal professor." The A. Leo Levin Award is determined by the associate dean on the basis of teaching evaluations. 


Sarah Barringer Gordon

Dr. Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of law and history, has been named the recipient of this year's Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching for her course "Church and State Blasphemy." Dr. Gordon is a widely recognized scholar on the historical role of religion in American political life and the separation of church and state. She is the author of The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth Century America (2002) which won the Mormon History Association's Best Book Award in 2003. She earned her J.D. degree from Yale and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton. Student comments capture her achievements in the classroom. "The best teacher I have had (perhaps ever). Penn could not do better as far as presenting their professors to prospective students than have them talk to Professor Gordon or sit in on one of her classes.  Intellectually rigorous, stimulating, and lots of fun." "This was my favorite class in all of law school. I wish that it could have lasted longer or that I had taken other courses with Professor Gordon. The material and content was fascinating, but what made the class really special was the atmosphere, the warmth. Lots of law school classes are interesting, but this one really touched me and meant something to me. And, it was all because of the wonderful atmosphere that Professor Gordon created." "Professor Gordon teaches the law in three dimensions, always questioning, always turning a case over in her hands and encouraging us to do the same."


William Tyson

Dr. William Tyson, who holds a joint appointment with the Law School and a primary appointment at Wharton, has been named the winner of the Adjunct Teaching Award for his courses, "Federal Income Taxation" and "Securities Regulation." Tyson earned his J.D. degree from Harvard. "Fantastic Professor! I wish he taught another class (I already took tax). Makes everyone think hard and analyze each possible permutation of the statutes and rules." "He's terrific. A natural teacher. Penn is lucky to have him. How he made each class fly by is beyond me--Sec. Reg. can be pretty tedious. Tyson calls on students all the time, such that I was prone to regularly make a fool of myself even though I am a 3L. I went to class anyway. It was worth it."


David Rudovsky

Penn Law students have awarded Dr. David Rudovsky, senior fellow, the Harvey Levin Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Rudovsky, one of the nation's leading civil rights lawyers and criminal defense attorneys, teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence, public interest and civil rights law. Known for his dynamic method of teaching, he brings real-world experience and insight into the classroom. Students have commented, "Professor Rudovsky was great in challenging us to think independently towards understanding complex problems and applying rules of evidence effectively."  "Excellent ... because Professor Rudovsky is a practicing attorney, he added great depth and practical knowledge to the material." And finally, "Rudovsky is amazing.  I wish he taught more classes because I've already taken two with him." 



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 34, May 25, 2004