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2003 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 Kristin Kalsem, Paul Caron, and Suja Thomas 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 Kristin Kalsem holds the three key characteristics of a virtuous law professor: dedication, motivation and passion. She shapes and molds students into professionals with strong legal intellects and she is able to relate law's intricacies and provide insight into its vast nature. Professor Kalsem recognizes that learning has no limitation or boundary. The level and scope of her teaching excellence span from Commercial Law to Bankruptcy to Feminist Jurisprudence. She actively invites students to engage in discussion. More importantly, in areas of complex law, Professor Kalsem is able to crate avenues of clarity and understanding for every student in the classroom. As a result of her scholastic and inventive planning, every student who comes into Professor Kalsem's presence is enriched by a legal structure of stability, success and application.

Professor Paul Caron's contributions to the classroom are notable for the unique perspective he provides to the subject matter. He is always able to find a clever way to drive a point home — and in the convoluted world of his specialty, tax law, this skill is one that students greatly appreciate.

Professor Caron knows how to bring topics to life and uses humor to spice up his lectures. He is also gifted at utilizing technology in the classroom, in a particular new electronic learning device that tests students' mastery of the material and provides immediate feedback. These techniques are as memorable as they are creative. Perhaps the most that any law student can ask for is the opportunity to be taught by one of the nation's leading experts. We at Cincinnati Law are proud that we have the best in Professor Caron.

Professor Suja Thomas has proven to be a tremendous asset to the student body of the College of Law since she joined us in the fall of 2000. She displays and inspires a remarkable amount of enthusiasm for the law in general and the focus of her classes in particular, whether it be Evidence, Employment Discrimination, or Sports Law. Through her hands-on, practice-oriented approach to teaching, Professor Thomas creates an environment in which students are truly active participants in the learning process. She guides her students to comprehension of complex subjects through a deft blend of traditional Socratic method, seminar-style discussions, and presentations by guest speakers. Professor Thomas' professional experience prior to joining the law school enlightens her teaching and allows her to provide students with insight into how concepts that are difficult to understand in the abstract work in "real life."

We congratulate Professors Kristin Kalsem, Paul Caron, and Suja Thomas and we look forward to their continued contributions to the College of Law.