Faculty receive awards at 2022 Commencement

Four Duquesne School of Law faculty members received awards at the 2022 Commencement ceremony on May 15. Professor Jalila Jefferson-Bullock was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, while the Murray Scholarship Faculty Award was given to Professor Jane Moriarty. Adjunct faculty members Peter Giglione and Julia Glencer were recipients of Adjunct Faculty awards.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is sponsored annually by the Student Bar Association. Graduating students nominate a full-time School of Law professor to recognize for their teaching and contributions. The professor must be one who engages students actively in the learning process through intellectually rigorous and innovative teaching. Of recipient Jefferson-Bullock, one nominator said, "She pushed us to be better, to think differently, and to use our skills to improve the world."

The Murray Scholarship Award recipient, Moriarty, was selected by the Dean of Law in consultation with the Association Dean for Faculty Scholarship. Moriarty received the honor for her extensive scholarship in the area neuroscience and the law. The award was established in 2011 by Chancellor John Murray to honor the School of Law's 100th anniversary. The fund has allowed the School of Law to invite nationally acclaimed legal scholars to speak at conferences at the School of Law. It additionally enables the School of Law to recognize each year outstanding faculty scholars, such as Moriarty, with a monetary award and a set of engraved marble book ends.

The Student Bar Association sponsors adjunct faculty winners, recognizing one recipient from each semester of the academic year for their teaching and contributions to the School of Law. Graduating students nominate adjunct professors who exemplify intellectually rigorous and innovative teaching, and the recipients are then selected from among the nominees by the Graduation Committee.

Giglione has dedicated countless hours to his work with the Trial Advocacy Team. One nominator argued that Giglioine deserves the award due to the continued growth, success and national recognition of the Trial Advocacy Team, noting that Duquesne's team received many awards this past year under Giglione's guidance. The nominator also wrote, "His dedication to Duquesne's Trial Advocacy Program is admirable and necessary for the program's survival. He is extremely deserving of this recognition."

Glencer's nominators mentioned how her class transformed their writing. One nominator said, "She started training us to be practice-ready from day one." Another nominator wrote that Glencer "Did not flinch in her dedication to her students. When you thought you hit your limit, she pushed you beyond it, making you better, stronger, and more resilient."

The School of Law congratulates these award winners and thanks them for empowering our students to lead and preparing them for what is next in their careers.

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