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Law School Teaching Awards

B. Mann

Voted by Penn Law students, Bruce H. Mann, Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and Professor of History, received his second Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching. His teaching has been previously recognized with the University-wide Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and another Law School award. Dr. Mann holds an A.B. and M.A. from Brown and a J.D., M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in history from Yale.

Dr. Mann, one of the nation’s foremost legal historians, teaches primarily in the areas of “American Legal History”, “Trusts and Estates”, and “Property Law”.  Known for his Socratic method, he actively engages students and teaches them how they can reason their way to answers themselves. 

He is the author of the award-winning Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence (Harvard Univ. Press, 2002).


Associate Dean Michael Knoll bestowed the following teaching awards for 2004-2005 on the basis of teaching evaluations:

A. Wax

Amy Wax, professor of law, has been named this year’s winner of the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course for her course in “Civil Procedure”. Dr. Wax, who specializes in civil procedure, social welfare law, and the economics of work and family, joined the Penn Law faculty in 2001.  She holds a B.S. from Yale, a M.D. from Harvard, and a J.D. from Columbia.

Several sample quotations capture the knowledge and enthusiasm that she demonstrates in the classroom. “…she is without a doubt a commanding force on the material.” “She has inspired me to pursue litigation and as many procedures courses as I can fit in. She is passionate and brings an interesting perspective to the material.”  “Very accessible, always willing to entertain questions.”  “Professor Wax did a fantastic job of not only teaching the law, but also pushing students to think beyond it.”  “Best teacher I have ever had.”


N. Persily

Nathaniel Persily, professor of law and political science, has been awarded the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching for his courses, “Constitutional Law” and “Contemporary Issues in Law & Politics Seminar.”

Dr. Persily is a nationally recognized expert on election law, a frequent media commentator, and a practitioner in law and politics. Most recently, courts in Georgia, Maryland, and New York have appointed him to draw legislative districting plans, and he has served as an expert witness in redistricting plans. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale, a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from Stanford. He joined the Penn faculty in 2001.

Student comments praise Dr. Persily as “hands down the best law professor I have had.” His “enthusiasm for the subject is infectious and inspiring.” He is “passionate and committed to both the subject matter and teaching.”  “It is wonderful to learn from a man with not only such amazing expertise, but also such unabashed enthusiasm for what he teaches—and for the act of teaching itself.”


S. Urice

Steven Urice, lecturer in law, has been named the winner of the Adjunct Teaching Award for his courses, “Trusts & Estates,” “Art Law,” and a seminar in “Museum Law.”  Dr. Urice holds a B.A. from Tufts and a M.T.S., Ph.D., and J.D. from Harvard. He is also the Director of the Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy and is an internationally recognized expert in cultural property law and a former trusts and estates practitioner.

“Urice is an amazing professor. Clear, engaging, and effective are all the adjectives that I would use to describe him to another student.”  “…obviously loves his topic and his enthusiasm is infectious.”  “…is particularly good at stimulating independent thought.”  The “instructor had a great attitude toward students—sincerely respectful and encouraging—and was very accessible.”



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 1, July 12, 2005


July 12, 2005
Volume 52 Number 1


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