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Penn Law School Teaching Awards
July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has named four winners of teaching awards for the 2008-09 academic year. They are: Catherine Struve, the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence; Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching; Tobias Barrington Wolff, the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course; and Lisa Scottoline, the Adjunct Teaching Award.



Catherine Struve, professor of law, was selected by Law School students as the recipient of the Harvey Levin Award. Professor Struve specializes in the study of civil and appellate procedure, federal courts, and federal Indian law. She teaches the first-year course in Civil Procedure, as well as an upper-level course on Federal Courts and a seminar on Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure. She serves as reporter to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules and as co-reporter to a Third Circuit task force that has prepared model jury instructions in civil cases. She previously won the Harvey Levin award in 2003. She holds her law and undergraduate degrees from Harvard.


The three other winners of teaching awards were selected by Associate Deans Cary Coglianese and Charles W. Mooney, Jr., on the basis of teaching evaluations.


Gordon, Sally

Sarah (Sally) Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, is winner of the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching. At the Law School, she teaches Church and State, the first-year course in Property, and a seminar on Same Sex Marriage. She also teaches Religion in American History, 1877-2008 in the history department. Dr. Gordon is a widely recognized scholar and commentator on religion in American public life and the law of church and state. She writes and teaches extensively in American constitutional and legal history, religion and religious experience, and property. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Constitution Center, the American Society for Legal History, Vassar College, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, and the Mormon History Association. She previously won the Gorman Award in 2004. Dr. Gordon holds a PhD in history from Princeton, a master’s degree in religion and a law degree from Yale, and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar.




Wolf, Tobias

Tobias Barrington Wolff, professor of law, is winner of the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course for his teaching of Civil Procedure. Professor Wolff writes and teaches in civil procedure and constitutional law. In the field of procedure, he specializes in complex litigation and the conflict of laws, the latter a subject on which he also currently teaches. In the field of constitutional law, he has published articles and essays on topics ranging from free speech under the First Amendment and slavery under the Thirteenth Amendment to the rights of gay men and lesbians. Professor Wolff has served as counsel or counsel for amici curiae in many civil rights cases, including Strauss v. Horton in California, challenging a ballot initiative seeking to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry, and Cook v. Gates, in the First Circuit, challenging the constitutionality of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” Professor Wolff holds law and bachelor’s degrees from Yale.



Scottoline, Lisa

Lisa Scottoline, lecturer in law, is winner of the Adjunct Teaching Award for her class Justice and Fiction. Ms. Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of 16 novels, including her latest, Look Again. She also writes a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit,” which is her witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. She began her legal career with a clerkship for President Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, was an associate with Dechert, Price & Rhoads, and an administrative law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She holds law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.


Almanac - July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01