Sunday, January 5, 2014
Today, the AALS Minority Section will be giving two prestigious awards to two amazing immigration legal scholars.
Steve Bender, Professor of Law of Seattle University School of Law will receive the Clyde Ferguson Award. The Clyde Ferguson Award is given to "an outstanding law teacher, who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship." The award is particularly intended for law professors "who have provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring legal educators."
Stephen Lee, Assistant Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, will receive the Derrick Bell Award. This award is given annually to a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice. The award is named in honor of the late Professor Derrick A. Bell, Jr., the first tenured African-American on the Harvard Law School faculty.
Stephen will share the Derrick Bell Award with Osamudia James, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law.