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Senior Fellow David Rudovsky honored by Federal Bar Association

April 07, 2014

Penn Law faculty member David Rudovsky will receive the Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award, an honor bestowed every two years by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee to a member of the legal community “whose work and achievements further the principles espoused in the Bill of Rights.”

Rudovsky, who has been a Senior Fellow since 1988 and began teaching at the Law School in 1972, is one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys. In selecting him for the award, the Committee cited his “tireless efforts in the areas of civil rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination.”

In addition to his teaching, Rudovsky practices public interest law with Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg LLP, a firm he co-founded in 1971 as Kairys & Rudovsky. His practice and legal advocacy address a wide range of social justice issues, including police misconduct, reform of the criminal justice system, the rights of gay parents and children, and juvenile rights.

At Penn Law Rudovsky teaches courses in criminal law, evidence and constitutional criminal procedure.  In the classroom, he integrates doctrine and practice to give his students a comprehensive understanding of legal principles and their role and application in the courts.

Rudovsky’s previous awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, and numerous teaching awards, including the University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Philadelphia Chapter was established in 1988 and is composed of members of the criminal defense bar, federal prosecutors and members of the federal judiciary. Its mission is to facilitate the fair, speedy and effective administration of criminal justice in the federal courts. The Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award is scheduled to be presented to Rudovksky at the Committee’s awards dinner on April 17 at the National Constitution Center.  To attend, contact Jennifer Beidel, Esq, at Saul Ewing, or register and pay online at the Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee.