Richardson Recognized for Teaching Excellence and Service

Law Professor Dean M. Richardson received the United Methodist Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service at the 2008 Faculty Awards Ceremony, held Jan. 30, 2008. The award celebrates the extraordinary impact a professor can have both inside the classroom and within the community.

Kathy T. Graham, acting dean of the College of Law, presented the award. “Dean Richardson has served this University for more than 30 years,” Graham said. “This professor has been a highly innovative teacher, introducing new courses into the curriculum. His zeal for the subject matter is contagious. His compassion and caring for students also makes him a popular teacher.”

Richardson joined the Willamette law faculty in 1974 and was an NEH Fellow at Harvard Law School in 1980. He teaches Torts, American Indian Law, Products Liability and Sports Law. Richardson also helps direct the school’s tutorial and minority affairs programs and speaks frequently on issues related to racial discrimination. In addition to serving as faculty advisor to the school’s Sports Law Society, he is active in a number of civic organizations as a board member and legal advisor.