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Law professor honored for outstanding teaching

November 02, 2012

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Professor Dan Rohlf, cofounder of the Earthrise Law Center, is the recipient of an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, honoring teachers who inspire their former students to make a difference in their communities. Recipients receive a $25,000 one-time cash award.

Former students nominate recipients for the Beckman Award. In Rohlf’s case, the nomination came from several former students who now work for public interest groups in Washington, D.C.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Rohlf said. “I think it is particularly meaningful that a key criterion of the award is significant contributions to the community by the recipient’s former students. That says a lot about our Earthrise alumni.”

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust was founded in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in honor of her mother, an educator, renowned author, and pioneer in the field of psychology. Melba Vasquez, a Beckman Award Trust advisory committee member, said, “The Beckman Award is unique in that award recipients are honored for the special ways that they have motivated their students to make a lasting impact on the world.”