24 Oct 2019
Professor Gus Hurwitz is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Ray H. Bunger Memorial Award for Excellence. This award is an annual award chosen on the basis of demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, academic promise, and achievement related to the fulfillment of the research and teaching mission of the University of Nebraska College of Law. The donor for this award gave this gift to commemorate the life of the donor’s father, Ray H. Bunger, who was a lifelong devoted supporter of the University of Nebraska. He sent his three sons to the University of Nebraska for varying periods and several of his grandchildren also received education at the University. He firmly believed that “a good education is something that can never be taken away from you.” He was President of the Franklin County School District #44 and Secretary of the Board of Upland COOP Credit Association.
Hurwitz’s scholarly contributions were excellent this year, as he published an article on the FCC and the First Amendment, an essay on the Chevron doctrine, and another piece on Big Technology in the Cato Policy Report. Gus also continued his important public policy work, which brings great benefit to the College of Law. He authored or coauthored a half-dozen agency comments, reports, op-eds, or other policy-focused pieces; made a dozen scholarly presentations; organized a major conference and speakers series at the University and co-organized four workshops around the country; regularly participated in podcasts and wrote on blogs; and was quoted or cited in publications including speeches by FTC commissioners, popular press articles, and industry journals.
Hurwitz also actively engaged in the College’s strategic planning process by chairing the scholarship working group. Perhaps most impressively, Hurwitz created a proposal that will significantly impact the College and the University for years to come. Hurwitz’s proposed NU Governance and Technology Center engages the Colleges of Business and Engineering and will help place Nebraska nationally as a significant player when it comes to innovation, law, and technology.