The UCLA Academic Senate has named UCLA School of Law professor emeritus Stephen Yeazell the winner of the 2017-18 Carole E. Goldberg Emeriti Service Award. Founded in 2015, the award recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary service to academic pursuits after retirement.
Yeazell, the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA Law, will receive a $1,000 prize and be honored at the UCLA Emeriti Association dinner on May 9.
“For almost 43 years, I’ve been privileged to belong to this remarkable community of students and scholars — a community that has given me not only a career but a host of friendships,” Yeazell says. “So it’s a privilege to continue to teach wonderful students, interact with colleagues and contribute in whatever way I can to the well-being of this campus and the university of which it is a part.”
A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1975, Yeazell is among the nation’s preeminent civil litigation scholars, focusing on the history, theory and dynamics of that area of legal practice. He wrote the leading casebook Civil Procedure and, since his retirement, has continued to write and teach courses in civil litigation. His latest book, Lawsuits in a Market Economy: The Evolution of Civil Litigation, will be published in May 2018 by the University of Chicago Press. Yeazell is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 2016 and 2017, Yeazell served as chair of UCLA’s Campus Safety Task Force, a body of 24 campus leaders who recommended several steps that the university can take to enhance safety for students, staff and visitors. In the past, Yeazell has served as associate dean and interim dean of the School of Law, and chair of the UCLA Academic Senate. Previously, he received UCLA’s top awards for teaching and research, and he was the first professor to win UCLA Law’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He is also a longtime friend and colleague of Goldberg, for whom the Emeriti Service Award is named. A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1972, Goldberg is the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law and the nation’s leading scholar in Indian Law.
“Not only has Carole Goldberg been a wonderful example of a person who gives back to the UCLA community, she has been a colleague and friend for the entire time I’ve been at UCLA,” Yeazell says. “Receiving an award established in her name is therefore a real honor and means a lot to me.”