In Brief

Yablon, McBride, Kasieta Named 2022 UW Law 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 UW Law 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 2022 include:

A headshot photo of Rob Yablon smiling to the camera, wearing a black suit.
Robert Yablon

Robert Yablon, Classroom Teacher of the Year.

Yablon is an associate professor of law and faculty co-director of the State Democracy Research Initiative (learn more on page 22). His research interests include political and election law, constitutional law, federal and state courts, and statutory interpretation. This is Yablon’s sec­ond win; he also received the award in 2018.


Headshot photo of Erin McBride smiling at the camera while wearing bright red glasses, a red blazer, and a checkered stripe top.
Erin McBride

Erin McBride, Clinical Teacher of the Year.

McBride is director of the Government and Leg­islative Clinic and Native Nations Externship Pro­gram at the Law School. She teaches the regula­tory state and legislative procedure and provides students with the opportunity to observe and participate in the many facets of governmental law, policy, legislation and tribal governance.


A headshot photo of Bob Kasieta smiling to the camera on a blue background while wearing a black suit.
Robert Kasieta

Robert “Bob” Kasieta, Adjunct Teacher of the Year.

Kasieta has been teaching at the Law School as an adjunct professor since 2003. He is a certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocates and devotes a great deal of time to legal education, teaching many courses for lawyers and law students alike.


A headshot photo of Heinz Klug, wearing a dark gray suit, blue shirt, and striped tie, while smiling at the camera.
Heinz Klug

Heinz Klug Awarded Ronald Pipkin Service Award

Professor Heinz Klug has been honored with the Law and Soci­ety Association’s 2023 Ronald Pipkin Service Award for sustained and extraordinary service to the association.

“I was truly honored to be recognized by the Law and Society Associ­ation for my service to the association, which has been my academic home for nearly 30 years,” Klug said.


Anne Smith Receives Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Anne Smith was among four innovators who received the 2023 Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards. Established in 2011, the awards recognize individuals with ties to the University of Wisconsin– Madison who further the Wisconsin Idea through outstanding accomplishments in entrepreneurship. Honorees have achieved entrepreneurial success that contributes to economic growth and social good, offers models for the UW community and inspires the campus culture of entrepreneurship.

In 2009, Smith co-founded the UW Law & Entre­preneurship Clinic, which engages law students to provide free legal services to early-stage Wisconsin companies. Since its founding, the clinic has worked with 2,500 businesses across 30 Wisconsin counties, which combined have raised hundreds of millions in venture capital. It serves approximately 300 clients annually.

UW Law School Dean Dan Tokaji, Annie Smith, and UW Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin stand together and smile at the camera while Anne holds an award.
Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards with Dan Tokaji (from left), Anne Smith and Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin April 27, 2023. Photo © Andy Manis.

Eric Taylor Receives 2023 University Staff Recognition Award

Eric Taylor, evening reference librarian and acquisitions assistant in the UW Law Library, has been honored with a 2023 University Staff Recognition Award. Taylor has worked for the UW Law Library since 1989.

“I am very grateful to have work I enjoy so much,” he said. “I work with a fine group of people in the Library. It has been a high point and an honor to have helped a gen­eration of law students with their studies and research as they worked toward their law degrees. My whole experience at the UW Law Library and the Law School has been rich and rewarding.”

Additionally, four UW Law employees were recognized on the Roll of Fame: Darryl Berney, IT senior support specialist; Justin Boehm, human resources manager; Adam Bushcott, main office manager; and Scout Slava-Ross, library circulation services assistant.


A group of faculty members stand together in front of the UW Law School building on Bascom Hill.
Hurst Summer Institute

UW Law Hosts Hurst Summer Institute

The 12th Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History was a bright surge of activity at UW Law this summer – June 18-30, 2023.

The biennial event, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (ASLH), was chaired by Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Michelle McKinley, the Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Fellows (in alphabetical order): Dilyara Agisheva, Harvard Law School; Evelyn Atkinson, Tulane Law School; Jilene Chua, Johns Hopkins University; Saumyashree Ghosh, Princeton University; Linda Kinstler, University of California, Berkeley; David Korostyshevsky, Colorado State University; Michael McGovern, Princeton University; Yukako Otori, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Doris Morgan Rue­da, Stanford Law School; Ari Schriber, University of Toronto; Maham K. Theisen, Brandeis University; and Charlotte Whatley, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Learn more on the Hurst Institute’s webpage.


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Steph Tai

Steph Tai Named Associate Dean at Nelson Institute

Professor Steph Tai has been named the new associ­ate dean for education and faculty affairs at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

“Environmental problems are inherently interdisciplinary, and I look forward to strength­ening our existing interdisciplinary synergies in research and education, as well as fostering new ones,” Tai said.

Tai, whose scholarly research examines the interactions between environmental and health sci­ences and administrative law, holds affiliations with the Nelson Institute and the Wisconsin Energy In­stitute. They have been with University of Wiscon­sin–Madison since 2006, climbing the ranks from assistant to associate to full professor five years ago.

The Nelson Institute confronts global environ­mental challenges through research, education and public programs. The associate dean role acts as the institute’s de facto department chair, as well as the curriculum director, the leader for all under­graduate and graduate programs, the key point for Nelson faculty promotions and awards and more.


UW Law Library Wins 2023 AALL Award for Work on Tribal Laws Pilot Project

The University of Wisconsin Law Library has won the American Association of Law Librar­ies (AALL) 2023 Public Access to Government Information Award for the Digital Publication of Tribal Laws Pilot Project, in partnership with the National Indian Law Library, the Open Law Library, the UW Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians. This pilot project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, worked with Native Nations to make their laws pub­licly available using a customizable publishing plat­form that offers tribes full ownership and control over their content. Four tribes, including Wiscon­sin’s Stockbridge-Munsee and Lac Courte Oreilles, have already openly published their laws using this platform, and several others are in development.