Professor Herma Hill Kay is the recipient of this year’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. She will be honored at a reception on Monday, April 18. The annual award is presented each spring to a Boalt Hall professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching.
Kay, the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, is an acclaimed pioneer and leader among women in the law. She joined the Boalt faculty in 1960 and served as dean of the law school from 1992 to 2000. She has written extensively on women’s rights, family law, diversity in legal education, and the role and future of women law professors. She has received many other major awards, including the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1962, the 1990 American Bar Foundation Research Award and the 1992 Margaret Brent Award to Women Lawyers of Distinction from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2003 the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented her with its first Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Citation Award Dinner.
The Rutter Award reception and ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Boalt’s Goldberg Room. Students and all other members of the Boalt community are invited to attend. The Rutter Award was established in 1995 by William A. Rutter, a philanthropist, lawyer, educator and author who has been part of the legal profession for more than 45 years.