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Penn Law faculty honored with teaching awards

May 31, 2016

Five members of the University of Pennsylvania Law School have received teaching awards for the 2015–16 academic year.

Five members of the University of Pennsylvania Law School have received teaching awards for the 2015–16 academic year. They are: Jacques deLisle (A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course); Jean Galbraith (Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching); Casey Cogut L’73 (Adjunct Teaching Award); Jill Fisch (LLM Teaching Award); and David Rudovsky (Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence).

Jacques deLisle receives the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course

Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science and the Co-Director of the Center for Asian Law. He is an expert on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including issues such as legal reform, the international status of Taiwan, and U.S-China relations. This year he taught Torts and International Law.

What Students Say:

  • “Professor deLisle was extremely knowledgeable about the subject and very enthusiastic about teaching it.”
  • “Prof. deLisle effectively clarifies and elucidates general principles of the law as well as nuances through very engaging class discussion. He presents interesting and humorous hypotheticals, and his enthusiasm for the material is contagious.”

Jean Galbraith receives the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jean Galbraith is an Assistant Professor of Law and a scholar of U.S. foreign relations law and public international law. Her work focuses on the allocation of legal authority among U.S. governmental actors and, at the international level, between domestic actors and international regimes. This year she taught Contracts, Foreign Relations Law, and International Legal Regimes.

What Students Say:

  • “Professor Galbraith created a class that was intellectually stimulating and enlightening. She taught me how to think about subjects and interwove readings and materials in a way that clarified each one further…I looked forward to this class every week.”
  • “Prof. Galbraith is excellent at really challenging students to think through their ideas, and pushing them to be able to provide a thorough explanation of their idea. This allows students to really engage with the material and realize its ambiguities and nuances. She is also hilarious, which helps.”

Casey Cogut L’73 receives the Adjunct Teaching Award

Casey Cogut is a Lecturer in Law and a graduate of the Penn Law Class of 1973. He is Senior M&A Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. For many years he has been a leader of STB’s M&A and private equity practices. This year he taught Transactional Lawyering.

What Students Say:

  • “Prof. Cogut knows this stuff inside out. He provides interest context from his own practice and picks pretty interesting assignments.”
  • “Casey definitely stimulates interest in the material as he has practiced in the M&A space for decades and has been a part of many huge deals.”

Jill Fisch receives the LLM Teaching Award

Jill Fisch is the Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law & Economics. She is an internationally known scholar, whose work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of regulation and litigation in addressing limitations in the disciplinary power of the capital markets. This year she taught Corporations, the Strategic Equity Seminar, and the Global Research Seminar on Comparative Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

What Students Say:

  • “Professor Fisch is very good at stimulating interests in this subject. She asks sharp questions and give inspiring answers. It it also a great experience to learn from other students’ answers and questions.”
  • “Fisch is incredibly brilliant…I loved this class so much. It was incredibly challenging and there was so much material, but I definitely got my money’s worth.”

David Rudovsky receives the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

By democratic vote, the Penn Law 2016 graduating class selected David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, to receive the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Rudovsky is one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys and practices public interest law with the firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg. This year, he taught Evidence and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.

What Students Say:

  • “An expert in every sense — it is hard not to appreciate Professor Rudovsky’s commitment to the course.”
  • Professor Rudovsky is just great. He’s friendly, accessible outside of class, willing to talk about life, the law, and new lawyers’ places in an evolving legal world.