PUBLISHED:April 18, 2011

Students award Griffin Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Lisa Griffin was given the Distinguished Teaching Award during the Duke Bar Association’s annual "Duke's Outstanding and Noteworthy Endeavors” (DONE) awards ceremony April 18.

Griffin, who teaches criminal procedure, evidence, and ethics, was honored along with the other DONE award winners during a packed lunchtime ceremony.

Leigh Llewelyn ’12 and Paul Woodard ’11 presented the award to Griffin, and both students lauded her ability to translate the complexities of criminal law into real life situations.

“Her ability to sort through this jumble is truly impressive, but what strikes me more is her ability to take students with her, to show how the parts fit as a whole and function outside of these walls,” Llewelyn said.

Woodard noted Griffin’s academic engagement with students both inside and outside the classroom. “She gives of her time freely to our community as a frequent panelist, note and clerkship advisor, and moot court judge, and when she agrees to assist with these activities, she gives them nothing less than her full commitment,” he said.

Griffin said that she feels an affinity for the outgoing class of 2011, who started their legal education the same year that she joined the Duke Law faculty. “I appreciate this, but I appreciate even more what I’ve learned from you all over the last three years,” she said. “The thing about teaching is that it gives back to you.”

The DONE awards also honored individual students and student organizations.

The award for Greatest Contribution to Civic Discourse was given to the Federalist Society for its ongoing speaker series.

The Women Law Students Association won the award for Most Active in Law Student Life for various programs, including the inaugural Women in the Law conference in January.

The Business Law Society won the award for Greatest Role in Building Relationships for hosting monthly events and the ESQ career symposium.

Gerald Chen ’11, editor-in-chief of Law and Contemporary Problems, won the award for overhauling the journal’s editorial operations.

The award for Outstanding Contribution to the Duke Law Community was given to DBA president Justin Becker ’12 for his leadership of that organization and his other endeavors, including co-writing, directing, and starring in the Law School’s annual variety show.