During the annual Student Bar Association sponsored Heidelburg banquet at the end of March this year, three well-loved professors were honored by the students. These yearly awards are nominated and voted on solely by students at Gonzaga Law.
Adjunct of the Year
Milt Rowland graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1985, and has been teaching as an adjunct professor since 1987. Students elected to award him the Adjunct Professor of the Year honor.
The Adjunct Professor of the Year Award is a great honor and is humbling. It tells me that I still bring to the classroom everything I can. The students give back as much as they get. I learn from them all the time. The challenge is to bring added value to the class, so they learn more in class than they would by reading the cases on their own. I teach at 8:00 in the morning, which has its own challenges.
Adjunct faculty can bring a lifetime of experience to bear on a legal issue or subject, and that’s what we try our best to do. To be recognized among the fine lawyers who teach at Gonzaga is a real honor. The plaque is on my wall.
1L Professor of the Year
First year law students are given the opportunity to nominate and vote on the professor they feel has provided the best guidance and instruction for their incoming class. This year, Professor Gerry Hess, founder of the Institute for Law School Teaching, was named for this award.
I am a lucky person. Over 25 years ago I figured out that I wanted to be a law teacher. Gonzaga gave me the opportunity to fulfill that dream. Each day that I teach at Gonzaga, I am excited to walk into the classroom. My students give me gifts in the classroom every day – their trust, their effort, their good humor, their willingness to engage, their ideas, and more. To get an additional award from the students seems a bit extravagant. And humbling.
Orland Professor of the Year
This year’s Professor of the Year award was given to Professor Ann Murphy. Prof. Murphy joined the faculty of Gonzaga Law 13 years ago, and has been named Professor of the Year by students numerous times.
What comes to mind first is the incredible honor I feel in receiving this award – particularly considering the tremendously talented professors with whom I work. It is truly a thrill to receive this award. I (like Milt) feel that I receive way more from the students than I give. I respect the students and have so much joy from the privilege of teaching them. I want to thank them so very much for this honor.
The Professor of the Year award is named after former Dean Lewis Orland, who passed away in 2012. Orland taught at Gonzaga Law for over 50 years, and served as the ninth Dean of the Law School from 1968 to 1973, where he was instrumental in establishing the Law School’s Day Division and ABA accreditation. Orland is remembered by generations of students for his sharp intellect and mastery of his challenging Socratic method of teaching.
Additional Awards Given at Heidelburg
In addition to the professor awards, two additional awards were given. Brad Tubbs was given the Tutor of the Year Award. The Club of the Year award was given to Mission: Possible, the club that annually sends a group of self-funded students to do international service. This year, Mission: Possible visited the town of Alta Gracia in the Dominican Republic.