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Professor Patrick Goodman to be Honored with Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching


​February 4, 2013 – Professor Patrick Goodman will be honored with the 2013 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is presented annually to a professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. He will receive the award at the 34th Rutter Award Presentation Ceremony, to be held at the law school on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Professor Goodman, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2001, teaches Wills and Trusts, Remedies, American Law in the Global Context and a seminar in Law and Popular Culture. He has also taught Lawyering Skills, Written Legal Analysis and the California Appellate Advocacy Clinic, a live-client course in juvenile law he founded in partnership with Los Angeles County. He also teaches Introduction to Legal Education, a course for undergraduates. He is a co-author of Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (Vandeplas Publishing, 2012).

In 2010, Professor Goodman was awarded the campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also elected the UCLA School of Law Professor of the Year in 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty, Professor Goodman worked in the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office as an attorney specializing in juvenile law and appellate practice. He has served as lead counsel in more than 100 appeals, and he supervises certified UCLA Law students in the California Court of Appeal.