Dean Phoebe A. Haddon received the 2011 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). Dean Haddon was presented with the award at SALT's annual dinner on January 7 in San Francisco.
"Since SALT’s inception, its progressive law teachers have worked for justice, diversity, and academic excellence. Throughout her career as a professor and now as a dean, Dean Haddon has been at the forefront of this effort as a scholar, leader, advocate, and teacher," said SALT in announcing the award.
"In her scholarship, in her work with organizations dedicated to improving legal education, and in her classroom, Dean Haddon has articulated a compelling vision of the law as a public calling. In so doing, she has inspired generations of lawyers who uphold a commitment to public service and community engagement while pursuing careers grounded in an abiding commitment to equal access to justice and fairness."
Appointed in 2009 as the ninth Dean in the University of Maryland School of Law’s 185-year history, Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, is a widely respected, national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. Dean Haddon joined Maryland Law after more than 25 years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, Dean Haddon is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom, and diversity.
Dean Haddon has provided leadership to numerous organizations dedicated to improving American legal education. She serves on the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the official accrediting body of American law schools. She has served as co-president of the board of governors and member of the executive committee of the Society of American Law Teachers, member of the executive committee of The Association of American Law Schools, and trustee of the Law School Admissions Council>
Dean Haddon earned an LLM from Yale Law School and a JD, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College and served as Vice-Chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees until her appointment as dean. She served as a law clerk for The Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., before joining the faculty at Temple law school in 1981.