Professors Ledewitz and Liu Honored at Annual Faculty Awards Ceremony

Professor Bruce Ledewitz and Professor Emeritus Frank Liu were recognized at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony on Sept. 17.

Ledewitz was installed in the Adrian Van Kaam Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence, named for the Rev. Adrian Van Kaam, C.S.Sp. Van Kaam was a member of the Duquesne University Psychology Department and founded the Institute of Formative Spirituality in 1964. The institute flourished until 1994 and awarded 25 Ph.D.s and 670 Master's degrees.

Ledewitz teaches in the areas of state and federal constitutional law and jurisprudence, specializing in law and religion and law and the secular. Ledewitz is co-director of the Duquesne University School of Law's Pennsylvania Constitution website. In 1981, Ledewitz founded the Allegheny County Death Penalty Project, which he directed for 13 years. He co-founded the Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty and served from 1985-1990 as secretary of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is past winner of the Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Liberty Award, the Marjorie Matson Civil Liberties Award and the Inaugural Dr. John & Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship in 2012.

Liu is this year's recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Service to the Mission. Liu, who retired in August as the director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information and the Allegheny County Law Library, developed the faculty exchange program between Duquesne University School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law, and he co-founded the first ABA-approved Duquesne - CUPL summer Chinese Law program in Beijing. Liu also helped to establish Duquesne's LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers program.

Among his national honors, Liu received the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries' "Hall of Fame Award" and the "Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship" award. He also is a recipient of the Duquesne University "President's Award for Excellence in Community Service." The Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed April 23, 2002 as "Professor Frank Yining Liu Day" to recognize his contributions in promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the People's Republic of China.

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