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Law School's Teaching Awards

Catherine Struve Bruce  Mann
Jason Johnston Harry Reicher

Catherine Struve, assistant professor of law, has been named this year's recipient of the Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching. The prize is awarded to a member of the full-time faculty for distinguished teaching, as determined through election by the graduating class.

Professor Struve holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard. She joined Penn Law in 2000 and teaches and researches in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, and statutory interpretation. Her recent publications include "How Bad Law Made a Hard Case Easy: Nevada v. Hicks and the Subject Matter Jurisdiction of Tribal Courts" that appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and "The Paradox of Delegation: Interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Prior to joining Penn Law, Professor Struve worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. At Cravath, in addition to working on antitrust and patent matters, Professor Struve was part of the trial team that represented two of the plaintiffs in a negligent marketing suit against manufacturers of mail-order gun kits; and she was the lead Cravath litigation associate on the team that represented the Oneida Indian Nation of New York in its land claims litigation against New York State and other defendants.

This year's A. Leo Levin Award for excellence in an introductory course was awarded to Bruce H. Mann, professor of law and history, for teaching a course on property. Professor Mann also teaches courses in trusts and estates and American legal history.

Students found the Property course challenging and incredibly rewarding. "Lots of work but the best teaching I could imagine," commented one student, while another noted, "As we move through the course it only gets more exciting to watch the Mann show in all its colors and sounds." And, finally, "I am infinitely better as a person and a student for having contact with Professor Mann."

A legal historian, Professor Mann, specializes in the relationship among legal, social, and economic change in early America. Harvard University Press has published his latest book, Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence. His three previous teaching awards include two at Penn--the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Law School and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Jason Johnston, Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law, was awarded The Robert A. Gorman Award for excellence in teaching. The award was established last year in honor of emeritus professor Robert A. Gorman, the Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law, who taught at Penn Law for more than 35 years, before retiring in 2001.

Professor Johnston teaches courses in Contracts, Natural Resources Law and Policy and an Environmental Law Seminar. "I cannot speak highly enough of Professor Johnston's ability to bring life and relevance to these issues, and to challenge us to think critically," noted one student, while another said, "This was my hardest class, but also my favorite."

Professor Johnston, founding director of the Program on Law and the Environment, is at the cutting edge of the application of game theory to public policy and the environment. He is one of the few scholars to combine the theoretical and empirical analysis of the various aspects of contract law and environmental law and policy, as well as more general studies of legal rights and legal entitlements. His current focus is on a series of articles exploring the law and economics of federal environmental and natural resource regulation in the United States, the political economy of takings, and the development of alternative, contract and market-based approaches to the reform of environmental regulation. Professor Johnston's work has appeared in a number of major American law journals and peer-reviewed economics journals.

Harry Reicher, adjunct professor of law, is the recipient of the Adjunct Teaching Award which was established last year. Professor Reicher taught courses in International Human Rights and Law and the Holocaust. Students found him to be fascinating and inspiring. One commented, "It was an honor to be taught by him," while other noted that Professor Reicher's was "one of the most incredible classes I've ever taken." And, finally, "I would take any class he taught."

In addition to his position as adjunct professor at Penn, he serves as the Director of International Affairs and a Representative to the United Nations of Agudath Israel World Organization. He has argued cases before a range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court of Australia. These have resulted in numerous precedent-setting judgments in the areas of international law (environmental law and human rights), taxation and corporate law. As an academic, he has taught a range of international law and taxation courses at law schools in Australia and the U.S. He has published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and is the editor of Australian International Law: Cases and Materials, the first-ever indigenous Australian Casebook on international law.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 34, May 27, 2003