2010 Archive 2

Eric Rakowski to Receive Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction

By Andrew Cohen

Eric Rakowski, the Edward C. Halbach Jr. Professor of Law, is the winner of Berkeley Law's 2010 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. Established at the law school in 1995 by William Rutter—a philanthropist, lawyer, educator, and author who has been part of the legal profession for more than 50 years—the award honors a law professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching.

A former Rotary and Marshall scholar, Rakowski joined the law school faculty in 1990. His previous work included a clerkship for Justice William Brennan on the U.S. Supreme Court, and private practice experience as a tax attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Rakowski, who writes mainly on issues relating to taxation, distributive justice, health care, and moral philosophy, was a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Professor from 1998-2001. He is teaching Estates & Trusts and Corporate Tax this semester, and in recent years has also taught Income Tax and a Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory Workshop.

In April, Rakowski will receive the award during a ceremony and reception at the Bancroft Hotel. Rutter, who initially established a $5,000 prize for the award, has since increased the amount to $10,000. A list of previous Rutter Award winners is available here.