Stephen Choi, Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law, Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, and Nancy Morawetz '81, Professor of Clinical Law, were honored on May 14 at the Law School's end-of-year-dinner with the Albert Podell Distinguished Teaching Awards. Established in 2007 by Albert Podell '76, the awards recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty in the classroom.
Choi's research interests focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of corporations and capital markets. This year, two articles he co-authored, one with Marcel Kahan, George T. Lowy Professor of Law, were named the "Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles" by Corporate Practice Commentator. In the last seven years, this is the sixth time Choi has received this honor.
Issacharoff is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process, where his Law of Democracy casebook (co-authored with Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, and Stanford Law's Pamela Karlan) and dozens of articles have helped to create a vibrant new area of constitutional law. In March, he argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs in Travelers Indemnity v. Bailey and the consolidated case Common Law Settlement Counsel v. Bailey, involving the long-running asbestos litigation.
Morawetz focuses on the substantive rules regarding the detention and deportation of long-time residents of the United States and access to judicial review of detention and deportation decisions. Together with students in the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC), which she founded 10 years ago, she litigates on behalf of these immigrants and engages in legislative and administrative advocacy as well as authoring numerous articles about the 1996 deportation laws. Under Morawetz's leadership, the IRC recently scored major victories in the Southern District of New York and the Supreme Court.
In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Awards, Podell has also contributed to the faculty research fund, sponsored the moot court competition and prizes in oral advocacy and brief writing, and established the Albert Podell Global Scholars-at-Risk Fund to support foreign scholars, researchers, faculty, and intellectuals who face persecution in their home countries.