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Excellence in Scholarship, Service, and Teaching: Chung, Haynes, and Redwood Receive Faculty Awards

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Albany Law School recently recognized three outstanding members of the faculty for excellence in the categories of scholarship, service, and teaching.

Professor Christine Sgarlata Chung received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. As noted by one nominator, Professor Chung—a nationally recognized expert in municipal finance and securities regulation, among other areas—not only has produced outstanding recent scholarship, but also has sustained long-term scholarly achievement. A colleague wrote: “Her work—which is interdisciplinary in nature, and often includes archival research, original empirical research, data-driven analyses, and careful attention to the pragmatic consequences of legal and regulatory regimes—is ground-breaking.” And it is prescient, exploring in recent years municipal securities and the crisis of state and local government indebtedness. Professor Chung’s most recent work, “Rising Tides and Rearranging Deckchairs: How Climate Change is Reshaping Infrastructure Finance and Threatening to Sink Municipal Budgets,” was published by the Georgetown Environmental Law Review in 2020. This year also saw the publication of the second edition of her co-authored casebook, BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS LAW IN FOCUS.

Dean Antony Haynes received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service. He was nominated by his peers for his work in co-chairing the law school’s successful effort to gain accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and for providing invaluable assistance during the rapid, unprecedented transition to remote education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “He was available nonstop, after-hours, and even during weekends to answer our calls and always followed up with answers to questions. He gave great technical advice, but also fantastic advice on how to present courses,” wrote one nominator. Another noted that the law school was in a much better position to weather the transition due to “the years of work that Antony had undertaken to get the law school ready to teach in an online environment,” referring to Dean Haynes’ oversight of the law school’s nascent online graduate programs.

Professor James Redwood received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has become a beloved fixture at Albany Law School since his arrival in 1989. Several students nominated him for the Excellence in Teaching award, noting his undeniable enthusiasm, dedication and availability, and emphasis on helping students pass the bar. “Professor Redwood made it all click,” wrote one nominator, adding, “He has made all the difference in my time and so many others at Albany Law School.” Other students wrote: “Professor Redwood is not only intelligent, he is also profoundly kind.”; “Professor Redwood genuinely cares about his students and it shows. He also had a sincere interest in ensuring that students grasp the material in his course, especially for purposes of bar preparation.”; and “Professor Redwood truly cares about his students in every way. He is, in many aspects, the heart and soul of Albany Law.”

Professor Chung, Professor Redwood, and Dean Haynes were announced as this year’s recipients during a faculty meeting on August 25.