1992 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Goldman Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Kenneth L. Aplin, William D. Bell and Gordon A. Christenson as this year's recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excelence in Teaching. The Committee wants to recognize Barbara McFarland by way of Honorable Mention. The Committee recognizes and applauds each of these professors for their continuing improvements in the classroom and enthusiastic support of activities outside the classroom.
Professor Aplin has demonstrated the ability to successfully motivate the students in his classes. He is always receptive to student comments, and leads excellent class discussions. He respects the opinions of his students and is always willing to help students outside of class. His ability to bring the material to life and to challenge his students to think about law, makes him one of the most respected professors in school.
Professor Bell has demonstrated the unique ability to merge his theoretical class lectures with aspects of the "real life" practice of law. This unique approach allows his students to receive an early understanding of how Civil Procedure and Evidence are utilized by practicing attorneys. He takes the time to insure that his students have a thorough understanding and a "working" knowledge of the entire pre-trial process. He is always willing to answer questions in class and provide after-class tutorial assistance if needed.
To borrow one of Professor Christenson's phrases, peeling the onion, at every layer the College of Law is appreciative of his contributions as a scholar, instructor, mentor, and friend — a consummate teacher. Inside the classroom, he is thoroughly prepared to enlighten us through thought-provoking analysis and stimulating discourse. His enthusiasm for learning challenges us to reach our greatest potential. Outside the classroom, he makes himself available and his inquiries to us about our leve of comprehension illustrate his concern for making graduates of the College of Law the best students, attorneys, and human beings they can possibly be.
Barbara McFarland has a excellent ability to show students the ins and outs of the intricacies of legal drafting. She has restructured the Legal
Research and Writing Program to provide a better use of guiding students through legal memoranda and advocacy. As Director of the Research and Writing Department she has expanded the program to better equip students with the necessary tools to use in practical work. Two of her many changes have been the inclusion of a supplemental teaching manual and the uniform blue book exam.