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Penn Law recognizes excellence in teaching

May 16, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has named four recipients of teaching awards for the 2012-13 academic year. They are Edward B. Rock L’83 (Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching), Anita Allen (A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course), Perry Golkin L’78 (Adjunct Teaching Award), and Gideon Parchomovsky (Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence).

Edward B. Rock L’83 Receives the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Edward B. Rock L’83, the Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, joined the Law School Faculty in 1989. He teaches courses in Corporations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulation of Financial Institutions, and Corporate Governance.

What Students Said

  • “Professor Rock is extremely knowledgeable in this area and it is clear he really loves it. He is constantly discussing current events and bringing the class concepts into the real world, which is great.”
  • “Because of this class and a few others like it, I have decided to pursue a practice in Delaware corporate law. Professor Rock is outstanding.”
  • “One of the best professors I´ve had in Penn Law and probably in my life, he stimulates students to think beyond the material assigned for class and come up with their own ideas, structures and conclusions.”

Anita Allen Receives the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course

Anita Allen, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, joined the Law School faculty in 1998. She teaches courses in Privacy and Data Protection Law, Introduction to Ethics, Bioethics and the Law of Mental Health, Torts, and African American Philosophy Since 1960.

What Students Said

  • “Professor Allen was always very inviting and friendly, always willing to talk to students about the material or other concerns involving law school. She was always concerned with how we were feeling and sympathized with us. One of her main strengths was getting to know each student on an individual basis in order to establish a relationship and open up a line of communication.”
  • “Prof. Allen was fantastic. She made every topic we covered come alive, and the lively class discussions she orchestrated helped to clarify the material. She also did a fantastic job of using the Socratic Method.”
  • “She was able to get me thinking in ways and perspectives I was never used to and that was challenging yet fun.”


Perry Golkin L’78 Receives the Adjunct Teaching Award

Perry Golkin L’78, Lecturer in Law, received the Adjunct Teaching Award for his course, Business Strategy and Corporate Law. A Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PPC Enterprises, he is a Penn Trustee, an Overseer at the Law School, a Trustee of Penn Medicine, and on the Board of Advisors of the Law School’s Institute for Law & Economics.

What Students Said

  • “Prof. Golkin is one of the best lecturers at Wharton/Penn Law with deep understanding in current events in business. His insights and experience led students to approach and tackle business/law matters in a very pragmatic way.”
  • “Prof. Golkin helped make the classroom experience more of a practical experience, bringing speakers who make the real-world decisions that we discuss in our other classes. This made the class constantly gripping and gave it an edge-of-your-seat type of appeal.”
  • “Professor Golkin is excellent. He is knowledgeable and smart about what he is teaching. Most importantly, he applies his real world experiences into class.”

Gideon Parchomovsky Receives the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

By democratic vote, the Penn Law 2013 graduating class has selected Gideon Parchomovsky, the Robert G. Fuller, Jr., Professor of Law, to receive the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Prof. Parchomovsky joined the Law School faculty in 2002 and has twice received the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course, in 2004 and again in 2011. He teaches courses in Property Law, Copyright Law, and Impact of the Internet on Copyright and Patent Law.

What Students Said

  • “Mr. Parchomovsky is an excellent professor.”
  • “He’s absolutely delightful! Without question, one of the most engaging lecturers I’ve ever encountered.”
  • “I really Love Parch. He is one of the best teachers at the law school.”
  • “Superb. One of the more provocative (in the best way possible) professors at law school.”