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1997 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Goldman Prize is awarded to recognize excellence in teaching. The Goldman Prize Committee considers research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom. Students nominate professors who distinguish themselves in these categories. This year the Goldman Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Professors Ken Aplin, Dorothy Brown, and John Murphy as this year's recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Committee recognizes and applauds each of these professors for their outstanding work.


Professor Ken Aplin, who is retiring at the conclusion of the academic year, has molded the analytical skills and professional integrity of countless students during his long tenure with the College of Law. However, the students who nominated him were adamant in pointing out that their nominations were not based on his obvious past achievements, but rather for the outstanding teaching skill he exhibited in the classroom this year. Students appreciate Professor Aplin's high level of scholarship and his ability to challenge students to learn not only the blackletter law, but also to understand the values and policies behind those laws. He is recognized as a professor who cares about his students as individuals as well as scholars. Professor Aplin encourages intellectual growth in his students through discussions outside of class about especially tough classroom topics and through his direction of numerous independent research projects with students. This enthusiasm for his students is truly a sign of excellence in teaching.

Since joining the College of Law faculty in 1994, Professor Dorothy Brown has wasted no time distinguishing herself as the consummate classroom instructor. Students enjoy her enthusiasm and animated teaching style which help bring complicated tax issues into clear focus. Her excitement about the subject matter is infectious. As one student commented, "she is probably the only professor who can make a tax class fun!" Professor Brown has also been praised for being one of the most approachable professors at the College of Law. She has a willingness to explain issues on an individual basis and to take the time to ensure that each of her students understands the material.

During his many years at the College of Law, Professor John Murphy has been recognized by students as being an excellent classroom instructor. His enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the subject matter of his classes has been repeatedly noted. Students specifically cite Professor Murphy's vibrant personality, his respect for students, and his creative ability to focus students' attention on what is important in his classes. Professor Murphy is also dedicated to the learning process which takes place outside of the classroom. Students appreciate his willingness to answer questions and his ability to supplement class material with his own practical experiences. Furthermore, Professor Murphy's wealth of knowledge and the thoroughness of his approach make him a pillar in the larger legal community.

We congratulate Professors Ken Aplin, Dorothy Brown, and John Murphy and look forward to their continuing achievements.