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Six Penn Law faculty receive 2017-18 teaching awards

May 07, 2018

Six members of the University of Pennsylvania Law School have received teaching awards for the 2017–18 academic year. They are: Dorothy Roberts (A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course); Allison Hoffman (Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching); David Hoffman (Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence); David Skeel (LLM Teaching Award); and Howard Langer and Peter Leckman (Adjunct Teaching Award).


Dorothy Roberts receives the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, is the University of Pennsylvania’s 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies, Sociology, and the Law School, where she holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander chair. She is also founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society in the Center for Africana Studies.

What the students say:

“Professor Roberts was very encouraging of class discussion to inject more of students’ ideas into the class.”

“Passionate, engaging, and also respectful of those in the class who had contrary opinions.”

“Prof Roberts is an inspiring human being and really encouraged us to examine issues in a new critical light and to take everything and everyone into account.”


Allison Hoffman receives the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Allison Hoffman is a Professor of Law at Penn and an expert in health care law and policy. Professor Hoffman’s work examines some of the most important legal and social issues of our time, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and retiree healthcare expenses, and long-term care. 

What the students say:

“Her interest in health law made this class a lot more enjoyable because she was able to respond to our questions and lead discussions on important current events relating to health law.”

“Amazing! Hoffman gives great insight into subjects from the perspective of an academic and someone who has practiced in the field.”


David Hoffman receives the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

Dave Hoffman is an expert in contracts, law and psychology, and empirical legal studies, and his scholarship uses observational and experimental data to explore individuals’ behavior relating to legal rules. His recent work on contract, for example, investigated whether millennials have developed a distinctive set of views about promising turning on their experiences with online commercial transactions.

What the students say:

“Professor Hoffman is probably the best educator I’ve ever had in my life. Ever. He’s born to do this. He works independently with students to ensure each of us grow personally and intellectually.”

“He’s very approachable. You can email him or talk in his office. He works really hard for his students and gives more feedback than any other professor I’ve had.”


David Skeel receives the LLM Teaching Award

David Skeel is S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law and the author of True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World (InterVarsity, 2014); The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011); Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005); Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001); and numerous articles on bankruptcy, corporate law, financial regulation, Christianity and law, and other topics.

What the students say:

“Professor Skeel is probably the nicest professor on the faculty (and there are a lot of nice professors)––his attitude was only positive and he was very accessible outside class hours.”

“Professor Skeel is deeply knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the [class] topic, which has positive effects on student interest.”


Howard Langer and Peter Leckman receive the Adjunct Teaching Award

Howard Langer L’77 has taught antitrust law at the Law School since 2001. He is the managing partner of Langer, Grogan & Diver specializing in complex commercial litigation, particularly antitrust and consumer law. Peter Leckman is a partner at Langer Grogan & Diver specializing in antitrust and consumer class actions. 

What the students say:

“Professors Langer and Leckman were very responsive to students. They always welcome us to ask them questions in class and after class. Also, they gave us a lot of support on our in–class research and presentations.”

“Both professors were very engaging and kind, and gave us a lot of opportunities to meet with them about our presentations and research assignments.”