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May 23, 2012

Jennifer Reynolds receives university’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching

Reynolds becomes eighth Oregon Law faculty member to win the crystal apple

May 19 was a great day for Assistant Professor Jennifer Reynolds. During the school’s commencement exercises, where she was selected by the graduating class to serve as a commencement marshal, Reynolds additionally was honored with both the law school’s highest teaching honor, the Hollis Award, and the University of Oregon’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

“Professor Reynolds is creative, caring, and rigorous in the classroom,” remarked Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffitt. “She is a model not only for her students, but for those of us who are lucky enough to be her colleagues.”

The Ersted Award, a crystal apple, recognizes faculty members early in their teaching careers. Professor Reynolds, the associate director for Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, was chosen on the recommendation of faculty members and students.

Jennifer Reynolds

Professor Suzanne Rowe, director of the school’s Legal Research and Writing program, noted Professor Reynolds’ charisma in the classroom, even in her first year of teaching.

“Professor Reynolds is a gem. I observed her teach a civil procedure class in her first year, and I thought then that she had star quality. From talking to students, I know that they appreciate her deep knowledge, her passion for teaching, and her approachability as well as the rigor of her classes,” Rowe said.

“Teaching is the best part of my job, so these honors mean a tremendous amount to me,” Reynolds noted. “I am grateful to the students, faculty, and the University of Oregon for this recognition.”

Professor Reynolds earned her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. While at Harvard, Professor Reynolds served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review; as a research assistant for Professor Arthur Miller on his treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure; and as a teaching assistant, researcher, and Harvard Negotiation Research Project Fellow for the Program on Negotiation.

Professor Reynolds teaches civil procedure, mediation and negotiation. Her research interests include organizational dispute systems design, problem-solving in multiparty scenarios, judicial decision making within the context and constraints of rules of procedure, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes.

Oregon Law Ersted Award
1957  Charles G. Howard received the inaugural award
1982  Charles Wilkinson
1984  Laird Kirkpatrick
1989  David Schuman
1994  Mary C. Wood
2004  Michael Moffitt
2006  Tom Lininger
2012  Jennifer Reynolds

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