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Law School Teaching Awards
May 22, 2007, Volume 53, No. 34

David Rudovsky

Voted by Penn Law students, David Rudovsky received his fourth Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. One student’s evaluation exemplifies why Professor Rudovsky won this award. “Rudovksy has dedicated his life to this field and his interest is palpable which makes this class exciting. As an advocate … he is also adept at challenging students to think independently and question the law as it stands.”

Professor Rudovksy holds a B.A. from Queens College and a LL.B. from New York University. He has been a senior fellow since 1987 and is nationally known as a leading civil rights and criminal defense attorney.

Professor Rudovsky has written widely in the civil liberties/civil rights area and has contributed both scholarly articles and litigation related books for practicing lawyers and judges. Professor Rudovksy takes his litigation experience into the classroom where he integrates doctrine and practice, giving his students a comprehensive understanding of legal principles and their role and application in the courts.

Stephen Morse

Associate Deans Edward Rock and Wendell Pritchett bestowed the following awards for 2006-2007 on the basis of teaching evaluations:

Dr. Stephen J. Morse, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and professor of psychology and law in psychiatry, has been named this year’s winner of the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course for his course on Criminal Law.

This student comment exemplifies his teaching, “Professor Morse inspired me to do every word of the reading and to have long conversations with fellow students about the material. This was my favorite class, not because I want to go into criminal law, but because Professor Morse made the material fascinating.”

Dr. Morse earned his Ed.M., J.D., and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. He is a renowned expert in criminal and mental health law, whose work emphasizes individual responsibility in criminal and civil law.

William Burke-White

Dr. William Burke-White, assistant professor of law, has been awarded the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching for his course on Public International Law.Students praise his enthusiasm, as evidenced by this comment, his “interest and independent thought were inspirational not just as a student but as a person. Professor Burke-White’s energy, sharp ability to answer every question, and passion for improving the system were amazingly motivational. Among many other things, he taught me a practical way to reconcile idealism with cynical frustration, and gave reason to keep pushing forward.”

He earned his A.B. and J.D. at Harvard University and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in international relations at Cambridge University. Dr. Burke-White’s research interests are at the intersection of international law and international politics.


Stacey Sobel

Stacey Sobel, lecturer in law, has been named the winner of the Adjunct Teaching Award for her seminar on Sexuality and the Law. Students appreciated her class as illustrated by this statement, “She is without question one of the most thoughtful and creative thinkers on this subject. The ability to draw upon developing doctrines and explore their impact on the issues addressed is remarkable.”  Since 2001 she has been the executive director of Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, formerly the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. In this role, she has worked on legislation affecting the LGBT community, including amending Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law to be more expansive in its protections. During her career, she has also provided her expertise to members of Congress, the White House, and other organizations.


Almanac - May 22, 2007, Volume 53, No. 34