Left to right: Carol Goforth, Christopher Kelley, Sharon Foster and Tracy Deffebaugh.
The U of A School of Law has announced the recipients of the 2022 Dean’s Circle Award. The awards were created to recognize faculty for excellence in teaching and advising, research and scholarship, and public service, as well as a staff member for his commitment and dedication to the students and the school.
Professor Carol Rose Goforth received the Dean’s Circle Faculty Award for Scholarship, Professor Christopher Kelley received the Dean’s Circle Faculty Award for Teaching, Professor Sharon Foster received the Dean’s Circle Faculty Award for Public Service and Tracy Deffebaugh received the first Dean’s Circle Award for Outstanding Staff Member. .
“We have an incredible faculty that excels in teaching, scholarship and service, and we have a dedicated and tireless staff, so it’s extremely difficult to pick the winners,” said the acting dean of the faculty of right, Alena Allen. “I would like to congratulate the winners for their commitment to excellence.”
Recipients of the Dean’s Circle Faculty Award are recommended by the Dean’s Awards Committee. These awards honor up to three outstanding teachers and one staff member, and each award comes with an honorarium of $1,000.
The committee was chaired by Howard Brill, a university professor and holder of the Vincent Foster Chair in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Other members included Ann M. Killenbeck and 2021 winners Danielle Weatherby, Annie Smith and Jordan Blair Woods.
Faculty Award for Scholarship – CAROL ROSE GOFORTH
Selection for this award is based on scholarship that is new or inherently excellent, addresses complex material, is well researched, well written, well placed, well received by experts in the field, and is influential among lawyers, judges or the law academy.
“While it’s always nice to be recognized, it’s especially rewarding when the honor comes from those you respect the most,” Goforth said. “And it’s even better when it brings you company like the others being recognized this year. Thank you to the law school and my amazing colleagues for supporting me in everything I do.”
Goforth specializes in trade associations and securities regulation, and she has become a leading expert in the regulation of crypto-assets and transactions. West Academic recently released the second edition of its textbook, Regulation of cryptotransactions. His work has been published or is to be published in University of Massachusetts Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, St. Louis University Law Journal, UMKC Law Review, University of Memphis Law Journal and Journal of banking and finance law. She has written over a dozen published journal articles focused on crypto-asset regulation, and she provides regular commentary on the subject, including as an expert commentator for CoinTelegraph, with her posts receiving thousands of views. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Honeycomb Digital Investments.
University professor and Clayton N. Little Professor of Law at the U of A School of Law, Goforth was a former associate dean for university affairs and a former Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law. She is also a member of the Academic Faculty Network at the Sam M. Walton College of Business Blockchain Center of Excellence.
Faculty Award for Teaching – CHRISTOPHER KELLEY
Selection for this award is based on the implementation of classroom teaching techniques that engage students to reflect on their own learning process, stimulate critical and creative thinking, and incorporate formative assessment.
“I am honored to receive the Dean’s Circle Faculty Award for Teaching,” Kelley said. “I am grateful to my colleagues and students. I especially thank the Ukrainian and Moldovan students who participated remotely in my rule of law colloquium this spring semester. They and their colleagues here present have been the true teachers of this And they taught unforgettable lessons about human dignity and the values that underpin the rule of law.”
Kelley teaches at the JD as well as the LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law. His courses include agriculture and the environment; agricultural prospects; Administrative Law; Interview, advice and negotiation; and rule of law. In the spring 2022 semester, there were 49 U of A law students and 34 Ukrainian and Moldovan students in its Rule of Law class, which was also the subject of several media stories this year, including “Students Connecting From Abroad AU Law Class Focus on Ukraine” and “Ukrainian classmates inspire AU law students” by Arkansas Democrat Gazetteand interviews for ABC10, KFSM-TV and FOX16.
Kelley is a nonresident professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University Faculty of Law in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he teaches legal writing in English each semester and occasionally lectures on various other topics. He frequently teaches in person and remotely at universities, law firms, corporate legal departments and non-governmental organizations in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. He has also taught several times in Lithuania, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Additionally, he has taught remotely in Uzbekistan and Poland. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Faculty of Law of the Belarusian State University in Minsk, Belarus. His international teaching is mainly focused on negotiation and legal writing in English.
Faculty Award for Public Service – SHARON FOSTER
Selection for this award is based on excellence in modeling through outstanding service to the law school, law academy, or legal community, which is especially important at a public land-grant university .
After receiving the award, Foster quoted Tom Brokaw, “It’s easy to make money. It’s a lot harder to make a difference.”
Foster joined the Law School’s Faculty of Law in 2000 and became an assistant professor leading to tenure in the fall of 2006. Prior to her arrival, she was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2000 She has taught in the Legal Research & Writing program and offered courses in international legal research and international finance. She also coached the Jessup International Law Moot Court team.
Between 1987 and 2000, she worked in private practice in Los Angeles, focusing on construction and international law. His recent writings have focused on the area of antitrust and international law.
Outstanding Staff Member – TRACY DEFFEBAUGH
Nominated by the class of 2022 and selected by the committee, this inaugural award was intended to honor a staff member who has had a significant impact on a graduate student or students.
“Those who inspire others believe in collective power,” Deffebaugh said.
Deffebaugh is the assistant director of admissions. She started working at the University of Alberta Law School in 2016. In the first quarter of 2018, she was the recipient of the Employee of the First Quarter award and was also selected Employee of the Year for 2018- 19. Deffebaugh has received numerous awards from student organizations for championing their organization, and in 2021 and 2022 she was selected to receive the Above and Beyond Law Student Award.
Deffebaugh is originally from Chicago and recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She enjoys motivating and encouraging law students as they go through the toughest times to become a lawyer.
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