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Penn Law Recognizes Excellence in Teaching

May 05, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has named four winners of teaching awards for the 2010-11 academic year. They are Jill Fisch (Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching), the Honorable Kent A. Jordan (Adjunct Teaching Award), Gideon Parchomovsky (A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course), and David Skeel (Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence). In addition, Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon received the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Jill E. Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics

Jill Fisch Receives the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jill Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-director of the Institute for Law and Economics, has been awarded the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year Professor Fisch taught classes on Corporations and Corporate Governance.

Sample Student Accolades

  • “Professor Fisch is absolutely amazing – helpful, responsive, and [she] did an amazing job of stimulating interest in the area and sharing her knowledge on a variety of corporate governance subjects.”
  • “Almost half of every class is dedicated to discussion of the issues treated. Independent thoughts are not only encouraged but also stimulated by Professor Fisch, who is always keen to have the students see the two sides of the coin. Attending class is always enriching.”
  • “She was very respectful of students, very reasonable in her expectations, and was very accommodating about meeting outside of class.” 

Kent A. Jordan, Adjunct Professor of Law

Honorable Kent A. Jordan Receives the Adjunct Teaching Award
Honorable Kent A. Jordan, a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Adjunct Teaching Award for his class Intellectual Property: Trademarks.

Sample Student Accolades

  • “Judge Jordan is a great professor and not only teaches the material effectively but balances it well with stories about the application of the law in practice and the courtroom.”
  • “He's hilarious, charismatic, clever and engaging.”
  • “The lectures are excellent and the class is frequently tied to current events and issues that are developing in the law while the class is in progress.”

Gideon Parchomovsky, Professor of Law

Gideon Parchomovsky Receives the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course
Gideon Parchomovsky, Professor of Law, has been awarded the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course for his class in property law. This is the second time Professor Parchomovsky has been selected for this award.

Sample Student Accolades

  • “Professor Parchomovsky is an excellent instructor –  clear, organized, knowledgeable, patient, humorous.”
  • “Professor [Parchomovsky] did a great job simulating interest while constantly supplementing our reading with information on studies related to what we were learning. [He] also kept the energy in classroom high and positive.” 
  • “While I was not interested in property before the course, I now already see the world a bit differently from taking his class.”

David Arthur Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law

David Skeel Receives the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence
This is the third time a graduating class has selected David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, to receive the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. In recent years he has received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Skeel teaches Bankruptcy Law and Commercial Credit II and leads the Globalization of Corporate Governance Seminar.

Sample Student Accolades

  • “Skeel is fantastic. He really enlivens what could be extremely tedious subject matter. He's clearly enthusiastic about the issues and that helps a lot.”
  • “He does a great job engaging the class, explaining principles clearly, and keeping things interesting with amusing hypotheticals.”
  • “Professor [Skeel] was very encouraging, and the discussions were lively, especially when people were allowed to freely debate their divergent ideas about corporate governance.”

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History

Sarah Barringer Gordon Receives a University of Pennsylvania Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award
Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law in the School of Law and Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since joining Penn Law in 1994 Gordon has taught classes such as Church and State, Property Law, American Religious History, and Legal History. She has been awarded the law school’s Robert A. Gorman Award for Teaching Excellence twice—once in 2004 and again in 2009.

Sample Student Accolades

  • “Professor Gordon brings an interesting insight to every topic and delights in showing you something new or surprising by her novel interpretations. She also seems to genuinely care for her subjects and treats the sources on their own validity.”
  • “Professor Gordon truly wants to make sure that she structures her lectures toward her students' interests. She does research to prepare lectures on topics of interest to us, which is satisfying as a student to know that she cares about our interests and she truly knows the information that she is delivering to us. That passion is certainly contagious and stimulates class interest.”
  • “She should be the model for professorial balance between research and teaching, as she clearly loved doing both and let the former lead her in the latter.”
  • “She encouraged independent study and discovery with whoever wanted to chat with her. I have a feeling she lit several intellectual fires this semester and that people will actually enjoy writing their final papers!”