Each year, Albany Law School presents three awards at Commencement to recognize outstanding faculty for their contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.
This year, the Excellence in Service award went to Professor Deborah Kearns, director of the Tax Clinic. During this past academic year, Professor Kearns oversaw the representation of more than 90 cases, either supervising students who worked on the cases or handling them directly.
Professor Kearns started her legal career as an associate in the Private Clients department of White & Case, New York, N.Y., and worked for several years as a tax lawyer in private practice, as well for The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company. Along with directing the Tax Clinic, Professor Kearns is the immediate past chair of the Taxation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Chosen from more than a dozen other nominated candidates, Professor Beverly Cohen was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching award, with support from the greatest number of students who called her “outstanding,” “talented” and “dedicated.”
Professor Cohen, who was a partner at Hinman Straub, Albany, until she joined the faculty in 2002, also received the Excellence in Scholarship award. She is set to retire this year.