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Ronald and Susan Friedman Endowed Faculty Excellence Award
him the opportunity to succeed. After earning his J.D., he went on to enjoy a rewarding and exciting career as a real estate lawyer in Pennsylvania. “Through the years, my wife and I have felt a need to give something back to the faculty that was so nice to me when I was a student there. I think this faculty award is a valid use of my contribution because it helps provide incentive for faculty ex- cellence and rewards professors who go above and beyond.”
I Recipient Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (2010-2011)
“For a teacher and scholar at a university, it is gratifying to feel that your work is valued and supported. I really appreciated the award because it gave me positive feedback and recognition of my scholarship, teaching and service. I had the special opportunity to meet Ron Friedman and his lovely wife, Susan, and I was priv- ileged to get a copy of his novel about the practice of law and uni- versity politics and intrigue.”
Recipient Reed Benson (2009-2010)
“I am very grateful to Ron Friedman for his generous support of the UNM law faculty, and it was a real honor to receive the Friedman Award last year. During that year I was researching is- sues relating to the U.S. Bureau of Reclama- tion. I eventually wrote two articles on those issues, published in the Harvard Journal on Leg- islation and the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and the support I received through the Friedman Award was very helpful to me in that work.”
n 1986, Ron Friedman (`71) began contributing money for an annual faculty award as a way to thank the school for giving
Barbara Bergman received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy from Stetson University College of Law in 2010.
Ernesto Longa’s book, ANARCHIST PERIODICALS IN ENGLISH PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES (1833-1955): AN ANNOTATEDGUIDE. (2009), was named Best Reference Book for 2010 by the New Mexico Book Coop.
Alfred Mathewson received the 2010 Keep the Dream Alive Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council in Albu- querque and he received the inau- gural 2010 Presidential Luminaria Award for his diversity efforts of faculty, staff and students across the UNM campus.
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Margaret Montoya received the 2011 UNM Presidential Luminaria Award.
Carol Parker received the 2010 AALL LexisNexis® Call for Papers Open Division Award for her article, “The Need for More Uniform and Consistently Rigorous Standards for Assessing Law Librarian Per- formance in Tenure and Continuous Appointment Policies.” (Law Library Journal, Vol. 103. No. 1, 2011).
Reed Benson in the classroom.
Faculty Update (2010-2011) APPOINTMENTS
James Ellis was appointed in 2010 to the board of directors of the national Death Penalty In- formation Center.
Gloria Valencia-Weber was confirmed to the national Legal Services Corp. Board of Directors in 2010.
Peter Winograd was ap- pointed in 2010 to the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.
Leo Romero became chair of the board of trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in January 2011 for a two-year term. He has been with NITA since its beginnings in the early 1970s and has been involved in every aspect of the institute, as a faculty member, team leader, pro- gram director, trustee and now chairman of the board. Romero brought the NITA method of teaching trial practice to the University of New Mexico in 1972 when he started the Evidence/Trial Practice course that he taught for more than 20 years.
Gloria Valencia-Weber was honored in 2010 for establishing and building the 35-year-old Psy- chology Diversified Students Pro- gram at Oklahoma State University.
Christine Zuni Cruz (`82) re- ceived the 2010 Pincus Award, the highest honor presented by the American Association of Law Schools’ Section on Clinical Legal Education. She also was honored by the Tribal Law Journal at a March symposium that focused on her academic work. The symposium was titled, Cultivating Native Intellect and Philosophy: A Community Symposium Recognizing and Dis- cussing the Contributions of Chris- tine Zuni Cruz.
Christine Zuni Cruz
Professors Sherri Burr and Nathalie Martin became the newest members of the UNM law faculty to be elected to the presti- gious American Law Institute in January 2011. They join Dean Kevin Washburn and professors Eileen Gauna (`85), Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Alfred Mathewson, Gloria Valencia-Weber and Peter Winograd.
ON THE GO
Reed Bensonand Denise Fort joined colleagues from six conti- nents to participate in an early January water law colloquium ti- tled, “Water Law: Through the Lens of Conflict,” at the University of New England in Armidale, Aus- tralia. Benson’s presentation was titled, “Public on Paper: The Failure of Law to Protect Public Water Uses in the Western U.S.” and Fort spoke on “Too Hot to Handle: Cli- mate Change and Agricultural Water Use.”
Barbara Blumenfeld has brought Havruta, a traditional Jewish teaching technique, into the legal education dialogue, both in a new article and during an early June conference in New York City. Her article, “Can Havruta Style Learning Be a Best Practice in Law School?,” was published in the Willamette Journal of In- ternational Law and Dispute Res- olution. She applied concepts from her article in a practical presen- tation at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Summer Conference.
Barbara Creel (`90) and Gloria Valencia-Webermade separate presentations at Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 10th Anniversary Women and the Law Conference in mid-February. The conference title was Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law.
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