Widener Law announces three new distinguished professors
Public Relations - Published: September 24, 2008
distinguished professorsWidener University School of Law Dean Linda L. Ammons today announced she has appointed three faculty members with the newly created title “distinguished professor of law.”

The honor was given to Professor Robert Justin Lipkin and Professor Andrew L. Strauss, who teach on Widener’s Delaware campus, and Professor John C. Dernbach, who teaches on the school’s Harrisburg campus. They were among a pool recommended for the distinction by their faculty peers. The dean made the final selections.

“These professors are outstanding teachers and respected scholars. It gives me great pleasure to recognize them in this way,” Ammons said. “They truly are distinguished professors of law and their contributions enrich the high-quality education we provide at Widener Law.”

The title comes with a three-year term. To be eligible for the honor, the recipients had to have achieved national recognition for scholarly research, been clearly identified by students or colleagues as outstanding teachers and contributed significant public or professional service in accord with their academic discipline.

All three are widely quoted in the news media, their scholarly work is frequently cited in professional journals and they have traveled the world to speak about their areas of study.

Lipkin teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence and crises in American democracy. He is the author of “Constitutional Revolutions: Pragmatism and the Role of Judicial Review in American Constitutionalism.” Lipkin is editor-in-chief of the blog “Essentially Contested America.”

Strauss teaches and writes in the areas of public international law, international economic law, international transactions and international organizations. He co-authored the recently published fourth edition of “International Law and World Order,” a leading international law textbook. Strauss organized a two-day symposium on Widener’s Delaware campus that focused on global democracy and the idea of creating a global democratic parliament, which attracted participants from around the world.

Dernbach teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, property, international environmental law, sustainable development and climate change. He is the editor of the forthcoming “Agenda for a Sustainable America,” a comprehensive assessment of recent American sustainability efforts based on contributions from academic and other experts from around the country. He coauthored a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006 on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in the landmark case of Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency. He is quoted prominently in Thomas L. Friedman’s new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How it Can Renew America.”