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Duquesne University Law Professor Honored for Scholarship

Duquesne University Law Professor Wesley Oliver, associate dean for faculty scholarship and director of the criminal justice program, was recently presented with the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award. He is the third law school faculty member to receive the $10,000 award.

The Excellence in Scholarship award was made possible by an endowment fund established in 2011 by the late Duquesne University Chancellor Dr. John E. Murray Jr. to enhance and enrich the scholarly environment and culture at Duquesne's law school.

"It is flattering to receive an award named after John Murray, whom I greatly respected as a scholar and liked as a person," said Oliver. "It was touching to know that he had selected me for the award before he died. And, I was certainly moved by the dean's comparison of me to the late Dr. Murray."

Oliver was presented with the award during the law school's June 7 Commencement ceremony.

In addition to teaching courses relating to criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law, Oliver is a frequent commentator on criminal justice issues. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS This Morning, 48 Hours Investigates, NBC Nightly News, the TODAY Show and the Ed Show on MSNBC.

Oliver's other awards and accomplishments include the Vincent L. McKusick Award for Best Article in Maine Bar Journal, the John H. Streiker Research Grant from Yale Law School and the Harvard Law School Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Grant.

Oliver resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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