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Professor Simmons Awarded Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

February 21, 2012 | Faculty

Professor Ric Simmons was named one of the recipients of the University-wide 2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

“Professor Simmons is a leader in innovative teaching that combines practical skills training with analysis of legal doctrine and policy,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law. “He inspires, supports and challenges his students, who are wildly enthusiastic about his classes. His dedication to his students and to the craft of his teaching is recognized by the entire Moritz community and now, through this well-deserved recognition, by the University as well.”

Simmons teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, and the Prosecution Practicum. He is the author of Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom (with co-author Professor Debby Merritt). The book, which is one of the most widely-used evidence texts in law schools across the country, jettisons traditional casebook methods, replacing them with practice-focused problem-solving exercises.

Professor Simmons joined the Moritz Law faculty in 2003. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review, and Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. in political science.

Following law school, Simmons clerked for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the Central District of California. He served for four years as an assistant district attorney for New York County, and was an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law from June 2000 through June 2003.

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.

Professor Simmons is the 10th Moritz faculty member to win the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching since 1967.