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    DU Law Faculty, Student Receive Inaugural Murray Scholarship Awards

    A Duquesne University School of Law faculty member and student were both recently presented with the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award. Professor Bruce Ledewitz and Dr. Arthur Nussbaum are the first faculty and student honorees for the Murray award.

    Ledewitz, whose areas of expertise include constitutional law, state constitutional law, church and state, and criminal law, is also the author of Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Belief, Practiceand American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms With the End of Secular Politics.

    "I feel honored to have been selected as the inaugural recipient of the John Murray Faculty Scholarship Award," said Ledewitz, who resides in Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood. "For the last six years, my writing has occupied me pretty much seven days a week. It's nice to have that effort recognized. I also really appreciate the reaction to the award from my faculty colleagues."

    Nussbaum, who will graduate from Duquesne's law school in December, has published his works in the prestigious Duquesne Law Review. His most recent article, Can Congress Make You Buy Health Insurance? The Affordable Care Act, National Health Care Reform and the Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate, was published this spring.

    "I feel privileged to have received the Murray Scholarship award," said Nussbaum, who was a diagnostic and interventional radiologist for nearly 30 years before he decided to attend law school.

    Upon graduation, Nussbaum hopes to start a career in health care law and policy, medical malpractice, advocacy for the disabled or pharmaceutical/medical device liability. He is a resident of McCandless.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.