Professor Brudney Awarded University-wide Teaching Honor
Professor James Brudney was recently named one of the 10 recipients of the University-wide 2008 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Professor Brudney, who is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School this semester, has worked at Ohio State since 1992. He is commuting from Columbus and was at Moritz on a recent Friday afternoon when he received a surprise visit from Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee to announce his selection.
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty. The honorees will be inducted into the University's Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State. Professor Brudney and the other recipients will be recognized at a University program and reception in early April.
“Anyone who has visited Professor Brudney's class knows how richly he deserves this award,” Dean Nancy Rogers said. “Professor Brudney also deserves great credit for the creation of both the Legislation Practicum and the Oxford Semester Program.”
Professor Brudney holds bachelor’s degrees from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and Oxford University in Oxford, England. He also received a master’s degree from Oxford before graduating from Yale Law School.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Brudney clerked for the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. and subsequently for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He was associated for four years with the firm of Bredhoff and Kaiser in Washington, where he represented individuals and unions in constitutional and statutory matters.
Professor Brudney served for six years as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor. He has also been adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown Law Center. He currently serves on the Public Review Board of the United Automobile Workers of America and as an associate editor for The Encyclopedia of Congress.
Professor Brudney was selected by the Class of 1996 as the Outstanding Law Professor of the Year and received a Quid Pro Quo Award from the Student Bar Association in 2004 for contributions and service to the student body. He received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award for research and lecturing at Oxford University in 2000.