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Law Professor Receives $10,000 Excellence in Scholarship Award

Dr. Jacob Rooksby, assistant professor of law, was recently presented with the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award at Duquesne University. He is just the second faculty member to receive the $10,000 award.

"To be recognized by my peers in this way, with an award whose progenitor is the law school's most prolific, respected and widely known scholar, Chancellor Murray, is humbling and a deep honor," said Rooksby.

Rooksby teaches courses on the fundamentals of intellectual property; law and higher education; social media and the law; technology innovation law; and torts. His work has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, the Journal of Law & Education, the Akron Law Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Rooksby also is a contributing editor for the HigherEducationLaw blog.

"Law professors have a special duty to read the word and read the world, to use theory to inform practice," Rooksby added. "Since law is an applied profession, what we write can help shape institutions, legal systems and decision-making today. Practicing attorneys face different constraints and reward structures than we do. As I see it, we as law professors have the unique opportunity, and the obligation, to conduct research that quite literally can change how people think and act."

Rooksby, who resides in O'Hara Township, also is secretary/treasurer of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association and is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.

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 nine 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.