Professor Will Moon receives USM award for excellence in teaching

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The University System of Maryland (USM) announced on March 27 that University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Professor Will Moon has been selected as a 2024 USM Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient. The award is the highest faculty honor given by the Board of Regents. 

“Winning this award doesn’t just demonstrate excellence; it demonstrates excellence in a field of thousands of colleagues who are, themselves, exceptionally accomplished,” said USM Chancellor Jay Perman. “It’s a remarkable achievement.” 

More than 40,000 faculty members work at the University System of Maryland. Moon is one of just 20 from across the 12 USM institutions selected for the award this year. Perman and Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden will recognize the winners as part of the Board of Regents meeting on April 19 at Bowie State University.  

“I am humbled to receive the USM Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching,” said Moon. “I have been a beneficiary of excellent teachers and generous mentors throughout my life, and I always view my teaching as a way to pay it forward. It is a particular honor to represent the law school, which is recognized nationally for its excellence in teaching and scholarship.” 

Joining Maryland Carey Law in 2018 to teach in the Business Law Program, Moon was recently promoted to professor of law. He is renowned among students for making complicated information easily digestible and for the inviting and fun atmosphere of his classes. Investing substantial time thoroughly preparing for class, he uses multiple teaching modalities to make the material come alive, including lecture, Socratic dialogue, PowerPoint slides, videos, and interactive simulations to help students immediately apply the concepts learned.  

“Among our faculty of superb teachers, Professor Moon stands out as exemplary,” wrote Maryland Carey Law Dean Renée McDonald Hutchins in a letter of support. “Professor Moon truly cares about his students.” 

Moon’s dedication to students extends beyond the classroom. He is also faculty advisor for the Maryland Law Review and the Asian/Pacific-American Law Student Association. In 2021, he was named the Maryland Carey Law Black Law Students Association Professor of the Year. 

Moreover, Moon is a cutting-edge scholar. His current research focuses on corporate charter competition, corporate governance, offshore finance, and private international law. His recent scholarship has appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. 

Before joining Maryland Carey Law, Moon was an acting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law from 2016 to 2018. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a litigation associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in New York City and was a law clerk to Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  

Moon holds a JD from Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow. He received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he was the founding editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Business.