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May 19, 2014

Suzanne Rowe receives UO award for excellence in pedagogy

Rowe is 2014 Thomas F. Herman Achievement Award honoree

Professor Suzanne E. Rowe was awarded the 2014 University of Oregon Thomas F. Herman Achievement Award for Excellence in Pedagogy, for expertise in Legal Writing and Research at the School of Law commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17. 

The Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee selected Rowe for this year’s award based on her outstanding leadership as the Director of Legal Research and Writing and as the James L. and Ilene R. Hershner Professor. suzanne.rowe

Rowe is dedicated to the highest standards of legal writing and research. Under Rowe’s leadership, the UO Legal Writing and Research program is currently ranked the fourth best legal writing program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and has been ranked in the top ten such programs for the past seven years.

Rowe requires students to be professional in all aspects of their work as evidenced by her demanding syllabi and her exemplary rigorous grading standards. Her students are not only taught necessary skills, but they also are held to standards of professional conduct that instill ethical responsibility in all aspects of school and legal practice.

Rowe earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rowe is the author of six books on legal research, and the editor of the Legal Research Series published by Carolina Academic Press. Rowe writes a monthly column, “The Legal Writer,” in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin. Rowe has held major positions in the most prestigious legal writing organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the Association of Legal Writing Directors (2001-2004) and the Legal Writing Institute (2006-2010). She is a past-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and she recently completed a term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Communication Skills Committee.

Rowe is the 2011 recipient of the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award and the 2012 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing.

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