May 17, 2016 – Professor of Law Emeritus Grant Nelson has received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Minnesota Law Review, which recognizes alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the greater good of society.
Having earned both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota, Professor Nelson was an editor on the Minnesota Law Review while in law school. He taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law for twenty-four years, where he was the Enoch H. Crowder & Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law and was elected Outstanding Professor by three classes. He was elected Professor of the Year at two other law schools where he was visiting. He has chaired the Missouri State Bar Property Committee.
Professor Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including UCLA School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002. He was also elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA Law Classes of 2004 and 2005. He was the Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement of Property (Third)--Mortgages (1997), serves on the Law School Editorial Advisory Board of West Academic Publishing, and has served as a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for nine years. He is also on the faculty of Pepperdine University, where he is the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law.
Professor Nelson has published many books and articles on real estate finance law, property and remedies, including: Real Estate Transfer, Finance and Development
(with Dale A. Whitman, Ann Burkhart and Wilson Freyermuth), West Academic (2015); Real Estate Finance Law
(with Dale A. Whitman), West Academic (2014); and Contemporary Property
(with Dale A. Whitman, Colleen Medill and Shelley Saxer), West Academic (2013).