Tuesday, May 27, 1997

WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172 CONTACT: Assoc. Dean Paul M. Kurtz, (706) 542-7140


ATHENS, Ga. -- Two faculty members at the University of Georgia School of Law were presented awards for teaching excellence by the Class of 1997 during commencement exercises on May 24.

Assistant Professor Anne Proffitt Dupre, who teaches in the areas of contracts, education law, and children in the legal system, received both the Student Bar Association Faculty Book Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Phi Delta Phi John C. O'Byrne Memorial Faculty Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations. Herman E. Talmadge Professor Walter Ray Phillips received the Student Bar Association and Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia Award for the Teaching of Legal Ethics.

Dupre, who graduated summa cum laude and first in the UGA law class of 1988, served as judicial clerk to Eleventh Circuit Judge J.L. Edmondson and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, then practiced with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge before joining the UGA law faculty in 1994. She was one of nine UGA assistant professors chosen as Lilly Teaching Fellows in 1995, a program designed to expose promising junior faculty members to new classroom techniques and theories.

"It is altogether appropriate and I am delighted that the students have chosen to recognize the outstanding work of Anne Dupre in this tangible way," said Professor Paul Kurtz, associate dean for academic and student affairs. "She is one of the hardest-working faculty members it has ever been my pleasure to be associated with. She is rigorous, yet caring in her dealings with students. She is a superb classroom teacher who puts forth the extra effort to make the law and the law school accessible to students."

Phillips, a member of the UGA law faculty since 1973, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and his law and master of laws degrees from Emory University. Phillips teaches in the area of bankruptcy, legal profession, corporate reorganization, and business problems. He served as a bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Georgia and was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Code of Professional Responsibility Committee for a decade.

"Ray Phillips continues to do a wonderful job in the teaching of legal ethics in his Legal Profession course," said Kurtz. "He has been an anchor of our upperclass curriculum for many years and the students obviously appreciate his efforts. At a time when the legal profession is under attack by those who feel more attention must be paid to the attorney's ethical obligations, Ray Phillips is a superb teacher who can challenge, inform and stimulate his students in the field. His wealth of practical and academic experience suits him very well for his task."