May 1, 2018—University of Houston Law Center Professors Meredith J. Duncan and D. Theodore "Teddy" Rave are this year's recipients of Provost Teaching Excellence Awards.
The award is given to previous Teaching Excellence recipients who have made significant and sustainable contributions to education in their 10 or more years of teaching.
"I love the law and enjoy helping my students achieve their goals of success in law school and their future legal practices," Duncan, winner of the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award said.
"I enjoy teaching very much, and I work hard at, I would like the dean and other faculty who nominated me for this award to know how grateful I am for their confidence in me and my teaching. I also would want them to know how wonderful it feels for my efforts to be valued by my peers. It means a lot."
"It's an incredible honor to have been selected for the Teaching Excellence Award," said Rave, who teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law, and Elections and the Law of Democracy. "Teaching is my favorite part of this job, and I put a tremendous amount of work into it.
"But really I couldn't do it without so many amazing students, who are always teaching me as much as I teach them, and make the effort so rewarding. In fact, the recommendation letters that my students wrote in support of my nomination mean more to me than the award itself."
Duncan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political science in 1988 and earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced as an associate at Vinson and Elkins, L.L.P. She joined the Law Center faculty in 1998 and teaches Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Criminal Law.
Duncan also serves as director of Metropolitan Programs, designed to increase diversity among law school applicants, and coordinates the Law Center's Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-In-Residence Program.
Rave graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in History in 2001. He earned his law degree from the New York University School of Law in 2006 and clerked for the Honorable Judge Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before joining the firm of Jones Day. He joined the Law center faculty in 2013.