Albany Law School gives three distinct awards annually at commencement to recognize outstanding faculty for their contribution in the areas of scholarship, service and teaching.
Professor Alicia Ouellette received the Albany Law School 2011 Award for Excellence in Scholarship for her consistent record of producing timely books and articles, including several notable recent publications. She published her latest book, Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics, in April, and she recently co-edited the definitive The Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics and contributed the article “Putting Law in the Room: A Response to Diekema and Frosty” to the American Journal of Bioethics. Professor Ouellette has been published widely throughout her career in journals such as the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Indiana Law Journal and Oregon Law Review.
Professor Patrick Connors received the Albany Law School 2011 Award for Excellence in Service for his high level of work to the legal profession at the local, state and national levels. He frequently presents at continuing legal education programs for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and participates on NYSBA’s policy committees, including serving on the Committee on Professional Ethics for more than a decade. Professor Connors is also an author for McKinney’s Commentaries in the areas of ethics, professionalism, surrogate’s procedure and civil practice, as well as a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal.
Professor Connie Mayer , Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, received the Albany Law School 2011 Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Teaching Award in large part due to her versatility in teaching law students, ranging from large lecture halls to after-class discussions. She has integrated state-of-the-art technology with traditional teaching. She has taught numerous courses at Albany Law School, including first-year and other required courses; skills and simulation courses; seminars; and clinical courses. Before taking the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, she has served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director of the Clinical Legal Studies Program, Director of the AIDS/HIV Law Clinic and Director of the Disabilities Law Clinic.