Monday, May 15, 2006
University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer presented law professor Tom Lininger with a crystal apple – a symbol of teaching excellence – in a surprise visit to a law faculty meeting on Friday, May 12.
Frohnmayer was accompanied by Lininger’s wife, Merle Weiner, also a professor at the law school, and the couple’s two sons.This university-wide award recognizes exemplary teaching by faculty members early in their careers. Two winners are chosen each year based on the recommendation of faculty members and students; they receive a $2,000 stipend added to their base salary. “I’ve learned a lot from the other faculty here at the University of Oregon Lininger said. “There are some great professors at this school who provide a model for the junior faculty.” Lininger, an assistant professor of law who joined the faculty in 2003, is the seventh law faculty member to receive the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Lininger has taught evidence, ethics, criminal procedure, and alternative dispute resolution. He also directs the law school’s Public Interest/Public Service Program. In 2004, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Lininger to chair the state’s Criminal Justice Commission.