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Albany Law School today recognized three outstanding members of the faculty for excellence in the categories of teaching, service, and scholarship.
Professor Melissa Breger, Associate Dean Rosemary Queenan, and Professor Christian Sundquist received the annual awards, which were announced at the law school’s 165th Commencement Ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Professor Melissa Breger received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching after an outpouring of support from the graduating Class of 2016. Professor Breger was praised for going the extra mile in and out of the classroom, presenting legal principles with notable clarity, and showing a true interest in the welfare and futures of her students. Professor Breger has been teaching at Albany Law School since 2002. Her courses include Children and the Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Domestic Violence Seminar, Evidence, Family Law and Gender and the Law.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Rosemary Queenan received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service for her dedication to students, colleagues, and the community. Dean Queenan, in addition to contributing significantly to the happiness and success of the student body, volunteered to teach additional courses this past year. She supported the faculty by chairing or participating in numerous committees, and took on a leadership role in the school community by organizing events such as the Students of Color Moot Court Competition.
Professor Christian Sundquist received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, in part for helping place issues of racial and economic inequality in an important light through his visions of social justice. His interest in the intersection of genetics, race and law has resulted in scholarly writings on a variety of issues and visiting scholar opportunities from across the U.S. and Europe to South Africa. As Director of Faculty Research and Scholarship, Professor Sundquist has encouraged his faculty colleagues in their efforts to engage in their own scholarship.