1989 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
This year's Goldman Committee has chosen Professors C. Edward Fletcher, William J. Rands, and Joseph P. Tomain as recipients of the 1989 Goldman Award. The student members of the committee were Michael Morley, James Schaefer, Elizabeth Stephenson-McEwan, and Sue Ellen Swift. The committee worked hard in the selection process, consulting the student body, meeting with me [Dean Tom Gerety], and deliberating carefully on their choices. They composed the following statements to explain their selections.
In his first year at the U.C. College of Law, Professor C. Edward Fletcher has earned the respect and appreciation of his students. Professor Fletcher embodies all the qualities of an outstanding teacher. His classes are challenging, interesting and well organized. He is available and approachable for students with questions. We greatly appreciate his ability to balance scholarly research with excellent teaching efforts. He always has time to do the extras, like helping with the Law Review Corporate Symposium.
Professor William J. Rands is a professor known for his ability to simplify and create excitement for secured participating convertible subordinated debentures as well as for his down-home Louisiana humor. As one student puts it, "He makes dull as doornails corporate law tolerable and easy to understand." Students get to know him because of his openness — as a person, scholar, father, and, of course, sports enthusiast. His casual "I never wear a tie to class" approach pervades the classroom and creates a most comfortable educational atmosphere. Professor Rands proves to students his obvious commitment to excellence in education by his genuine concern for their learning. His unique style makes learning a pleasure.
A concern for how the law works in our society is a major component of Professor Joseph P. Tomain's illuminating teaching style. Professor Tomain's creative presentation of his subject matter is only the starting point in his class. Legal theory is always well integrated with life in the real world. His query, "What's really going on here?" evokes stimulating and entertaining class discussions, with all points of view appreciated and respected. For his willingness to help students, above and beyond his classroom duties, his appreciation of the "big picture" and his lecturing style which students hate to miss, the committee applauds Professor Tomain.