Professors Sheerin and Wing honored for excellence; Ramsey receives staff award

Three University of Iowa College of Law faculty/staff members received awards for excellence in 2012.

Robert Ramsey, Senior Systems Administrator, received a 2012 University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award. The award recognizes staff members who have made outstanding accomplishments and contributions that significantly benefited or brought honor or recognition to the University.

As Senior Systems Administrator and Webmaster for the College of Law, Ramsey has crafted the College’s website into the campus model for accessibility for those with disabilities. His efforts to expand and enhance information and instructional technologies in the College have significantly fostered the College’s missions of teaching, scholarship, and service. One recent example of those efforts is his work to make possible a live webcast of a 13-week colloquium on aging-related issues, which enabled audience members from across Iowa to participate. Later, he made podcasts of the sessions available via the web, to further extend access to the material. He participates actively in efforts to improve information technology and instructional services University-wide, contributing his time and expertise to many University committees and community groups.

Caroline Sheerin, Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, UI College of Law, was awarded a 2012 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is given to faculty members who have shown outstanding and sustained teaching excellence and commitment to student learning. The award was created in 2004.

Professor Sheerin teaches in the Legal Analysis Writing and Research (LAWR) program. The two courses for first-year law students teach objective writing, research techniques using print and electronic resources, and persuasive writing. For the past two years, she has been an extern supervisor to approximately 10 students in the Summer Legal Placement course for the College. She is a mentor to many law students, a faculty advisor to the Equal Justice Foundation–a student organization, and develops curriculum for the College. As a Clinical Instructor, she also has supervised students who were litigating cases involving criminal and domestic violence law. She helped students prepare for hearings, oversaw research projects, reviewed written work, and assisted with client intake interviews.

Professor Sheerin graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She then taught English in Japan for two years, as a part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Upon returning from Japan, she received her Masters in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She then went to the University of Michigan Law School, where she received her JD in December 1999. She moved to Chicago, Illinois where she worked in the General Litigation group of the law firm of Schiff Hardin and Waite. In 2003 she joined the City of Chicago’s Law Department, where she worked for three years in the Constitutional and Commercial Division. She joined the law faculty in 2006.

Adrien Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, received a 2012 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. The award is given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education.

Professor Wing is a renowned scholar of international human rights, constitutional law, feminist legal theory, and critical race theory. She has a profound commitment to global, national, and local service. Internationally, she assisted the drafters of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She has been deeply immersed in enriching global education as Director of the College’s France summer study abroad program for the past 13 years, and as Director of the semester-long London Law Consortium. Nationally, Wing has been Vice President of the American Society of International Law and on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Wing has been chair of the University’s Gender Equity Task Force as well as the College of Law’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and on the board of the UI Center for Human Rights. In 2007, she received the UI Distinguished Achievement Award.