Distinguished Faculty Award


The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes a current Nebraska Law faculty member whose teaching supports the College’s mission to develop inclusive leaders and whose research, writing and service solves problems or advances justice.


  • Each year all faculty members are considered through information provided by their yearly submission of the Annual Report to the Dean. 
  • No individual can win the award more than once every five years.

Cash prize and medal awarded at the Dean's Advisory Board Awards banquet and permanent recognition through a publicly-displayed plaque at the college.

Most Recent Winner

Professor Harvey S. Perlman

Professor Perlman joined our faculty in 1967 and since that time has contributed greatly to our community, including serving as dean of this College as well as UNL’s chancellor. He is a leading scholar in torts and unfair competition and intellectual property. He currently is a commissioner representing Nebraska on the Uniform Law Commission, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and serves as senior consultant to the Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

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Previous Winners
  • 2019: C. Steven Bradford
  • 2018: Eric Berger
  • 2017: Anna W. Shavers
  • 2016: Sandra Zellmer
  • 2015: Brian D. Lepard
  • 2014: Richard E. Moberly
  • 2013: Kevin Ruser
  • 2012: Matthew P. Schaefer
  • 2011: Craig M. Lawson
  • 2010: Steven L. Willborn
  • 2009: Martin R. Gardner
  • 2008: John P. Lenich
  • 2007: Colleen Medill
  • 2006: William H. Lyons
  • 2005: Robert F. Schopp
  • 2004: Roger W. Kirst
  • 2003: Josephine R. Potuto
  • 2002: Robert C. Denicola
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Contact Katie with Questions

Katie Pfannenstiel
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Event Planning