In Brief – Summer 2022

headshot for Bonnie ShuchaBonnie Shucha Recognized for Excellence in Writing

Bonnie Shucha, associate dean, Library and Information Services, and director of the Law Library, received the Paul Gatz Publication Award from the American Association of Law Libraries, Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section. This award, which recognizes excellence in writing by a law librarian, was presented to Shucha for her article “Representing Law Faculty Scholarly Impact.”

Seifter, Wiercioch, Schnur Named UW Law School Teachers of the Year

Each spring, University of Wisconsin Law School celebrates excellence in teaching through its Teacher of the Year awards. UW Law School’s annual teaching awards demonstrate the value placed on excellent teaching. Our faculty engage and inspire our students through thoughtful pedagogy, and we are proud to honor them for this important work.

The honorees for outstanding classroom, clinical, and adjunct instruction in 2021 include:

  • Miriam Seifter, Classroom Teacher of the Year. Seifter is an associate professor of law, co-director of the State Democracy Research Initiative, and Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law at UW Law School. Her research interests include federalism, administrative and constitutional law, and state and local government law, with a focus on challenges affecting democracy at the state level. This is Seifter’s second win of Classroom Teacher of the Year, having received the award in 2016.
  • Greg Wiercioch, Clinical Teacher of the Year. Wiercioch joined the Frank J. Remington Center in 2012. Since 2014, he has been a supervising attorney with the Legal Assistance to Incarcerated People Project. Before coming to UW Law, Wiercioch represented Texas death row inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings for eighteen years. He has represented several severely mentally ill death row inmates and is particularly interested in issues involving competency to stand trial, competency to waive collateral review, and competency to be executed.
  • Robert Schnur, Adjunct Teacher of the Year. Schnur is a tax partner in the Milwaukee-based law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, maintaining offices in the firm’s Milwaukee and Madison locations. He has taught tax law at UW since 1988. This is Schnur’s second win for Adjunct Teacher of the Year, making him the first adjunct faculty to receive the award twice.

Pictured from left, Greg Wiercloch, Daniel Tokaji, and Miriam Seifter

Diplomat Dessima Williams awarding Sumudu Atapttu with the 1.5 pinSumudu Atapattu Honored for Climate Change Research

Dr. Sumudu Atapattu, director of Research Centers and senior lecturer at UW Law, received the 1.5 pin from Diplomat Dessima Williams, which represents the goal of limiting climate change by 1.5 degrees. The pin was received in honor of Atapattu’s work toward climate change. Learn more about Diplomat Williams’s visit in UW Law Students Learn From Human Rights Expert and Grenadian Diplomat Dessima Williams.

headshot of Arlen ChristensonArlen Christenson ’60 Inducted into WI Conservation Hall of Fame

Professor Emeritus of Law and Environmental Studies Arlen Christenson ’60 was inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in April 2022, joining the ranks of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson, to name a few. The Conservation Hall of Fame, based in Stevens Point, has been around since 1983 and has inducted more than 100 conservationists.

headshot of Yaron NiliYaron Nili’s Scholarship among Best Corporate Law Articles of 2021

Associate Professor Yaron Nili’s article “The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies” has been named one of the top ten corporate practice commentator’s articles of 2021. The paper is co-authored with Kobi Kastiel, Tel Aviv University–Buchmann Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School, Program on Corporate Governance. This is Nili’s second article named as one of the top ten articles in corporate and securities law, having had “Shadow Governance,” which he co-authored with Cathy Hwang of the University of Virginia School of Law, named a top ten article of 2020.

To compile the list of top ten articles, professors in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of papers published in legal journals during 2021. More than 400 articles were on this year’s list.

“It’s an honor to have my scholarship ranked among the top ten articles by the Corporate Practice Commentator for a second year,” said Nili. “It was such a joy working on this multi-year effort with my friend and co-author Kobi Kastiel, shedding light on a unique and important corporate governance phenomenon, and we are grateful for the attention the article has garnered.”